Apollo Lunar Module Geological Tool Handle, Replicator Test Item. A 36" long x 1" diameter metal bar with a 0.25" groove cut near each end. This object, like the titanium dump valve disk (above lot), was cut using experimental technology, testing the concept of cutting objects by transmitting instructions for replicating an original, via phone-line, to computer-controlled cutters. Unlike the disk, which could not be assigned to Lunar Module cabin flight readiness, no matter how successful the experiment, geological tools were considered safe and could be assigned as flight hardware. This rod was a flight-ready item, and is available only because missions beyond Apollo 17 were canceled and because it was not loaded into a LM descent stage equipment bay and sent to the moon (all flown geological tools were left on the moon with the descent stages). The shaft held interchangeable tool-heads, and is similar to the tool on which Apollo 14 Commander Alan Shepard attached his custom-fitted golf club head, and fired off two golf balls carried to the moon in his personal pouch. Chariots for Apollo author Charles Pellegrino has written and signed the history of this piece on one end. Excellent condition. From the collection of scientist and author Charles Pellegrino.

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    November, 2011
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