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    A rare COMPLETE Orbital Monitor Chart- all eighteen panels.

    Apollo 17 Lunar Module Flown Complete Orbit Monitor Chart used aboard the Apollo 17 Lunar Module Challenger to provide lunar landmark identification, and verification of state vector positions in orbit prior to the lunar landing. It consists of eighteen numbered printed B&W photographic panels, each 10.5" x 8", all taped together to provide a continuous map. Panel "1" has the printed notation "ORBIT MONITOR CHART/ APOLLO 17/ DECEMBER 6, 1972/ SKB 32100123-384/ S/N 1001/ 1st Edition September 6, 1972". The item's flight history has been verified in writing by Cernan on the front of the chart, "Flown to Lunar Surface Apollo XVII Gene Cernan". Each panel shows approximately 5500 square miles of the moon's surface and these were used to help navigate the lunar module while descending to the lunar surface. Panel "15" shows the Taurus-Littrow region and has an arrow marked "IP 17-1" indicating where the Apollo 17 lunar module was to land (and did, at 2:55 PM EST on December 11, 1972). This was not only man's last landing on the moon but also our longest stay of three+ days and with a total of twenty-two+ hours of extravehicular activities.

    This is an extremely rare artifact that was saved from destruction in the lunar module by mission Commander Gene Cernan. These charts are generally only available in single panels. For example, there was another of these charts on this flight but it has been separated and sold as individual panels. Rarely is there an opportunity to purchase a complete chart and this is an historic item that would be at home in the finest of private or institutional collections. Please note that a single panel of a similar chart from Apollo 11 sold for $71,700 in our Sale 669 (Lot 25362). From the personal collection of Captain Gene Cernan accompanied by written authentication by Cernan.

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    March, 2008
    25th Tuesday
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