Lunar map flown to the moon's surface on Apollo 16.

    Apollo 16 Lunar Module Flown Lunar Orbit Monitor Chart Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Charlie Duke, Signed and Certified. A 10.5" x 7.5" B&W printed lunar surface map, number eight of the twenty-four maps used aboard the Lunar Module Orion for navigation to their landing site. Duke has signed on the front: "This chart was one of the navigational aids/ used by John Young and me to help us navigate/ to the lunar surface. This chart then remained/ on the moon, within 'Orion,' during our three/ day lunar stay./ Charles M. Duke, Jr./ Apollo 16 Moonwalker". Duke has also drawn an arrow pointing up, writing "Flight Trajectory" below it. Apollo 16, April 16-27, 1972, was the fifth manned moon landing and the first to land in a highlands area. This map was onboard Orion during its three day stay on the lunar surface after it aided Duke and Young in their landing in the Descartes highland region. Excellent condition.

    Included with this lot is a signed, illustrated Letter of Certification from Duke dated April 9, 2002, stating, in part: "This is to certify that the accompanying Apollo 16 Lunar Navigational Map, - Bearing Plate Number 8 - was flown to the Descartes Highlands of the Moon, where it landed on April 20, 1972. This Lunar Map is one of 24 identically-sized plates which comprised our Lunar Orbit Monitor Chart, and was used aboard our Lunar Module 'Orion' to help us navigate while preparing to land on the Moon... After landing, this map spent 72 hours in the one-sixth gravity of the Moon aboard the 'Orion', and was also exposed to the lunar environment each time we opened the hatch for our moonwalks... This lunar map has remained a treasured part of my personal space collection for thirty years... This Map remains both a historic navigational took from one of the first manned lunar landings, and a rare example of an astronaut flight-certified artifact returned from the surface of the Moon!"

    Both of these items have been elaborately and archivally mounted onto a gorgeous 25" x 15" black lacquer-finish acrylic display with the title: "APOLLO 16 LUNAR NAVIGATIONAL MAP" and the caption: "This map was a navigational aid which helped guide some of the first humans to landfall on another celestial world. As such, it represents one of the rarest maps in the entire history of both cartography and human exploration. It is also a rare example of an astronaut-certified artifact returned to Earth from the surface of the Moon." Worthy of the finest collections, both private and institutional.

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