Lot 9330: Richard Gordon’s Apollo 12 Flown Orbital Photo Chart

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2015-10-06 13:10:26

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Lot 9330: Flown map of the lunar surface carried on the Apollo 12 mission, approximately 10.5 x 7.25, derived from 'Plate 7' of the 'CSM [command and service module] Orbital Photo Chart B,' and signed and flight-certified in the lower left in black felt tip, "Flown to the moon on Apollo XII! Richard Gordon, CMP." In fine condition, with evenly trimmed edges and some tape remnants to reverse. Accompanied by a full certificate of authenticity from Moonpans and a signed letter of provenance from Gordon. Letter of provenance reads, in part: "Compiled from nearly 4000 photographs taken from lunar orbit by the Ranger and Lunar Orbiter, this map is only one of two that were used on the Apollo 12 mission." Utilized by command module pilot Gordon as a guide for lunar navigation and to identify specific landmarks, this lunar map details late orbit ground tracks of revolutions 39, 42, and 45 over the surface of the moon, while also depicting several other related features such as control points, landing sites, surveyor, and terminators. One of only two maps used aboard the command module Yankee Clipper, this flown lunar chart played a major role in the success of the Apollo 12 mission. RR Auction's Space and Aviation Auction 463 Thursday, 22nd October 2015 Estimate: $1500-2000
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