Fantastic and incredibly rare lunar module control panel #3, 29.75 x 8, which represents an earlier engineer mock-up of the final design. This panel incorporates some design attributes of final flown designs with some other components, which are not flight representative, including some of the switches. This panel was vital for landing on the moon as it monitored attitude, radar, exterior lighting, and perhaps the most important indicator in the entire space craft, the lunar contact light. This panel, #3, would have been located directly under the Alignment Optical Telescope, in between the two astronauts as they piloted the lunar module This particular panel appears to have been rejected during testing as indicated by the red “Discrepant material” sticker affixed to the reverse. Panel is signed in black felt tip by seven moonwalkers: Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Dave Scott, John Young, Edgar Mitchell, Gene Cernan, and Charlie Duke, each adding his Apollo mission under his signature. In fine condition, with expected wear to panel. Lunar control panels have come to the market only a couple of times, with panel #3 perhaps being the most recognizable and desirable of all. Provenance: Aurora, 1998. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
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