Lot 5079: Incredible flown American flag Beta cloth patch, 6.5 x 4.5, worn on the left shoulder of Worden's spacesuit during the entirety of the Apollo 15 mission. Due to its constant use and exposure to the vacuum of deep space during Worden's 38-minute extra-vehicular activity, the patch exhibits heavy overall creases and wrinkling, and a few small tears to the flag design. Accompanied by a detailed letter of provenance signed by Worden, in part: "As a part of my spacesuit, this United States flag patch accompanied me into lunar orbit. The United States flag patch 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 includes three photos of Worden taken at the time of signing and a color glossy 11 x 8.5 photo of Worden's spacewalk, signed in silver ink, "The first deep space walk during the flight of Apollo 15. Al Worden, Apollo 15 CMP." A unique and absolutely fantastic item directly from an astronaut's suit representing the height of America's space program.
RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455
Thursday, 25th June 2015
Estimate: $15000 - 20000
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