Lot 9448: Flown single-sided Command Module post-EVA cue card used on the Apollo 17 mission, 2.5 x 8, stamped on the reverse with flight certification and signed in blue ink, "Gene Cernan." The cue card is headed "CM Post EVA" and lists instructions to be performed following the EVA conducted during their return to Earth, with steps concerning pressurization, stowage, and the astronauts' spacesuits and helmets. In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Cernan, in part: "This lunar orbit flown Apollo 17 CM post EVA cue card was one of only 4 cue cards used during Ron Evans' historic one hour and four minute deep space EVA during trans-earth coast on December 17, 1972. This cue card was affixed to the Command Module's main display console (MDC), and was directly exposed to the vacuum of space when the CM's cabin was depressurized and the hatch opened for the duration of Ron's EVA…This CM post EVA cue card…remains both a historic tool used on Apollo 17, and a rare example of a lunar orbit flown checklist from Project Apollo's last voyage to the Moon." This piece provides an especially outstanding association as Cernan conducted the very last lunar surface EVA, and this cue card from his collection was used shortly thereafter during Evans's trans-Earth EVA, the very last of the Apollo program.
RR Auction's Space and Aviation Auction 463
Thursday, 22nd October 2015
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