Signed by NASA's Father of Rocket Science.Gene Cernan's Saturn IB Rocket Model Signed by Dr. Wernher von Braun. An impressive official model from the Graphics Engineering and Models Branch at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center. On a wooden base of 5.5" square, this 1/96th scale Saturn IB model towers nearly 30" tall. It was presented to Cernan by its legendary designer who inscribed it, "To Gene Cernan with best wishes from all his friends at MSFC-Wernher von Braun". It is partially disassembled and stored in a wooden carrying case. All the parts are present but there is some wear and light damage to some of the pieces. The paint on the Service Module, which contains the signature, is chipping with some affect to the inscription.
The actual Saturn IB rocket stood 224 feet tall. It had two stages that are clearly marked on the model. Altogether, there were nine of them launched- all successfully. As far as manned missions, it was used to propel Apollo 7, all three Skylab missions, and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. Interestingly, there is a 1970 NASA press photo picturing von Braun in his new office at NASA headquarters in Washington D.C. Over his left shoulder, one can clearly see an identical Saturn IB model to this one. It is accompanied by a written authentication by Cernan. From the personal collection of Captain Gene Cernan accompanied by written authentication by Cernan.
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