Lot 539: Extraordinary lunar map used on the surface of the moon, labeled "Hadley Rille, EVA-II, 3 of 3," one page, 10.5 x 8, signed and certified in black felt tip, "This map was used aboard Lunar Rover #1 on the lunar surface at Hadley-Apennine during Apollo 15, Dave Scott, Apollo 15 CDR." In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Scott, in part: "I hereby certify that the Apollo 15 Lunar Rover 'Bearing Map'…was carried aboard Lunar Roving Vehicle #1 on the surface of the Moon for three days during Apollo 15…This 'Bearing Chart Map'…consists of a photo map of a section of the Hadley Apennine regions on the Moon with curves depicting the planned route of LRV traverses during the second of three EVAs on Apollo 15. The Map also includes hand-written notes of crater names and circular notes defining the bearing and distance from the indicated stations back to the Lunar Module (LM) Falcon. This map was used for emergency return to the LM in the event the Lunar Rover was unable to return…This map was mounted on the Rover throughout the three days of surface excursions to be readily available. To expedite recovery and use, this map had been temporarily removed from a book of 'LM Lunar Surface Maps' and attached to a Rover post with a large clip. The Map contains traces of lunar dust surface and was exposed to the temperature extremes, radiation, and Solar Wind on the surface of the Moon…This LRV Bearing Map for EVA-II, 3 of 3, has been in my personal collection since returning to Earth." It was during this second EVA that Dave Scott and Jim Irwin recovered the 'Genesis Rock,' a large sample composed primarily of anorthite and formed in the early stages of the solar system, at least four billion years ago. The Apollo 15 mission was also the first to use the lunar rover, which logged a total of 56 miles traveled during the EVAs. An absolutely outstanding and historically significant piece.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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