Lot 5078: Al Worden’s Apollo 15 Flown Name Patch

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2015-06-29 15:08:56

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Lot 5078: One-of-a–kind flown Beta cloth name patch, 5 x 2, worn on the exterior of Worden's spacesuit during the entirety of the Apollo 15 mission. Worn on the front of his spacesuit throughout the twelve-day mission and exposed to the vacuum of deep space during Worden's 38-minute extra-vehicular activity, the patch exhibits general light wear and soiling from lunar dust, but is in otherwise fine condition. Simply matted to an overall size of 7.5 x 3. Accompanied by a detailed letter of provenance signed by Worden, in part: "As a part of my spacesuit, this name tag accompanied me into lunar orbit. The name tag also was attached to my spacesuit during my cislunar spacewalk (EVA) during our return to Earth. My EVA was the first of only three spacewalks performed outside Earth orbit and it's protective magnetosphere. After their return from the lunar surface, Dave Scott and Jim Irwin unloaded the rock boxes and other equipment from the lunar module and passed those items to me in the command module. During the transfer, the CM filled with lunar dust that ultimately soiled my spacesuit and, in turn, the suit patches. The dark stains on the United States flag patch are indeed lunar dust." Also included are four photos of Worden taken at the time of signing. Emblazoned with the surname of one of just twenty-four people to have flown to the moon, this is an exceedingly rare personal piece. RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455 Thursday, 25th June 2015 Estimate: $8000 - 10000
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