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    Flown lunar descent "Cue Cards" containing life and death information.

    Apollo 17 Lunar Module Flown Cue Cards. On what would be the last time (to date) that men descended to the moon's surface on December 11, 1972, these cue cards were attached to the control panel of the lunar module Challenger. The first of the two cards is 6.25" x 7.75" in size, on very heavy card stock, and printed on both sides. The second is smaller, approximately 0.875" x 3.25" on the same stiff stock, and has a piece of Velcro on the verso. These were both retrieved by Apollo 17 Commander Gene Cernan prior to the jettisoning of the lunar module.

    During a lunar landing, events happened fast. In spite of their intense training, the astronauts still used these cardboard cue cards as a quick reference. These particular cards were for "Altitude" and "Altitude H (H and H-Dot)," and were used for verification of target altitudes and rates during LM descent to the surface. In addition, these cards showed critical information for the Descent and Ascent engines, the Abort Modes, Staging, and Insertion. In case of an emergency, these cards also listed the Abort Rules and Procedures for Descent, Engine Abort, Ascent Engine Abort, Staging and Orbital Insertion, plus Computer Alarm information (thankfully, this information was not used). The value of these cards for the astronauts during lunar descent cannot be overstated; they literally could have made the difference between life and death if an emergency would have arisen. The value of these cards to a collector can also not be overstated. Items of such importance to the success of the last manned landing on the moon are certainly worthy of the finest space collections. From the personal collection of Captain Gene Cernan accompanied by written authentication by Cernan.


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