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    Spacecraft ID plate from Apollo 9's Command Module Gumdrop.

    Apollo 9 Flown Command Module Spacecraft Identification Plate Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Rusty Schweickart, Signed and Certified. A brass plate, 3.25" x 1.75" in size, mounted to a 10" x 5" x 0.75" marble desk set. The brass plate is engraved as follows:
    APOLLO IX
    SPACECRAFT 104
    PART NO. V36-000002-601
    COL. JAMES A. McDIVITT USAF
    COL. DAVID R. SCOTT USAF
    RUSSELL I. SCHWEICKART
    LAUNCH DATE- 3-3-1969


    Note that while McDivitt and Scott are identified as Air Force, Schweickart was a civilian. When Rockwell manufactured the Apollo spacecraft, they attached to the interior structure three identical brass identification plates signifying spacecraft number and other key manufacturing information. Upon completion of the mission, it was a tradition for Rockwell to remove these plates during their post-flight inspection of the spacecraft, add the launch date, and present them to the astronaut crewmembers as part of a special-made desk set. This is the flown Rockwell ID plate removed from the Apollo 9 Command Module Gumdrop (Spacecraft #4) and presented to Mission Lunar Module Pilot Rusty Schweickart. The Sheaffer 14K gold-nibbed fountain pen and the matching ballpoint pen are included. Schweickart has written on the base in gold ink: "I.D. Plate Flown on Apollo 9" above the ID plate, and signed: "Rusty Schweickart" beneath. Excellent condition.




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