Lot 5080: Al Worden's flown Personal Preference Kit (PPK) Beta cloth bag carried into lunar orbit on the Apollo 15 mission, 6 x 9, signed and flight-certified on the reverse in black felt tip, "Flown aboard Apollo 15, July 26–August 7, 1971. Al Worden, Apollo 15 CMP." An affixed label on the front bears Worden's name and a patch sewn above reads: "Kit, Pilot's Preference, SEB 12100018-202, S/N 1128, Mfg. NASA MSC 4-70." In fine condition, with expected light wear and soiling from use. Accompanied by a photo of Worden with the PPK and a signed letter of authenticity from Worden, in part: "The accompanying…PPK…flew to the moon aboard the Apollo 15 Command Module 'Endeavour.' An astronaut's PPK was utilized to carry various personal items and this one held mine during our 12 day voyage from the Earth to the Moon and back." The Apollo 15 stowage lists identify only three Personal Preference Kits carried in the Command Module at launch and one in the Lunar Module, which Jim Irwin wrote was accidentally left behind on the LM in his autobiography. Apollo 15 shows a marked decrease in the number of PPKs on board compared to the other missions, with the previous Apollo 14 having carried fourteen on the CM. A desirable flown format directly from the Command Module Pilot's personal collection.
RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455
Thursday, 25th June 2015
Estimate: $4000 - 6000
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