Lot 5098: Flown camera grayscale wheel carried into lunar orbit aboard the Apollo 17 command module 'America,' measuring 5.75? in diameter, featuring a range of twenty-seven shades of gray, signed on the reverse in blue ink by Cernan, with text above, "Flown to lunar orbit aboard the Apollo 17 CM 'America.'" Reverse bears an affixed swatch of Velcro, a color coding chart listing the twenty-seven specifications and color variants, and a pencil notation below, "7833.27." In fine condition, with brushing to first name of signature, and a few scattered ink marks. Cernan used the camera grayscale wheel as a means to identify the varying degrees of depth, scale, and orientation of images he captured while photographing high above the lunar surface. Signed by the Apollo 17 mission commander, this color wheel provides unique insight into how astronauts were able to differentiate the rugged and homogeneously colored lunar landscape.
RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455
Thursday, 25th June 2015
Estimate: $3000 - 5000
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