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128   Rusty Schweickart’s Apollo 9 Flown Scissors and Beta Cloth Pocket and Sheath  $1000 $6134 $6748 22 You must login to place a bid.

#128 - Rusty Schweickart’s Apollo 9 Flown Scissors and Beta Cloth Pocket and Sheath

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“Scissors in this pouch were flown on Apollo 9, Rusty Schweickart”

Flown scissors and beta cloth pocket and sheath carried aboard the Apollo 9 mission and used by Lunar Module Pilot Rusty Schweickart. The scissors measure 8.25″ long and were manufactured by Weck, engraved on the side with the NASA part number, “SDB42100059202,” and serial number, “1005.” The manufacturer’s marks, “Weck U.S.A. Stainless” and “Wexteel,” are engraved on the opposing side. A small swatch of Velcro is affixed near the fulcrum (partially obscuring the first few characters of the part number), and retains its lanyard with snap connector. The beta cloth pouch measures 7 x 9.25 and scissors sheath measures 3 x 8.5, and are attached together with two sewn-on beta straps. It is very rare to have the complete offering of the scissors, lanyard and shin map, and scissors pocket. Both are signed and certified on the front in black felt tip by Schweickart, the pocket reading, “Utility and Scissors Pouches Flown on Apollo 9, Rusty Schweickart, Russell L. Schweickart, Apollo 9 LMP,” and the sheath reading, “Scissors in this pouch were flown on Apollo 9, Rusty Schweickart.” Each pouch bears an identification patch on the reverse, the pocket identified as “Part No. A7L-201047-03, S/N 034, Code Ident 74897,” and the sheath identified as “Part No. A7L-201048-03, S/N 021, Code Ident 74897.” In fine condition, with expected marks and soiling from use. The scissors were kept in a dedicated pocket strapped on top of the legs of the Pressure Suit during launch and transferred to the leg of the in-flight coverall garment once in space. They were primarily used to open food pouches, but had many contingency uses as well. As a pairing of these scissors along with their original flown pouches, this is an exceptional and rarely seen offering. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.

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