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Item 289 - Gene Kranz’s Apollo 17 Launch Phase Flight Book Catalog 451 (Apr 2015)

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A large binder full of Apollo 17 console-used material utilized by Flight Director Gene Kranz while at his console in Mission Control for the launch phase of the last-ever Apollo mission. The binder is separated into sections labeled "Systems," "Performance," "Mission Rules," "Trajectory," "Network," "General," and "TLI-Go/ No Go." The best portion of the "Systems" section comprises six pages of hand-colored and -notated schematic diagrams for systems such as "S-IVB Stage Propellant Tanks Pressurization and Venting," "J-2 Engine Mechanical System Schematic," "Power Distribution IU," "S-IV Power," "Environmental Control System IU/S-IVB," and "APS." The section also includes several pages of general typed notes; various documents pertaining to scheduling and timing of procedures during the mission; meeting agendas and memos concerning potential malfunctions; a page of handwritten notes about "Platform Failure," "LV Grid Fail Indications," and "LV Accel Failure."

The "Trajectory" section contains two hand-colored graph diagrams headed "FDO Launch Analog," as well as three manuals entitled "Operational Abort Plan: Apollo 17…Volume I—Launch Phase," "Apollo Mission Techniques Mission H-2 and Subsequent Launch Phase Aborts," and "Apollo Mission Techniques Mission H-2 and Subsequent Earth Parking Orbit and Translunar Injection." Under "General" is a 23-page report entitled "Impact of Night Launch on Apollo 17 Abort Techniques," which discusses the implications of a night launch and has various diagrams, graphs, and star charts. Various additional memos, procedural lists, and reports are present in this section. The last section has one handwritten page of Kranz's notes headed "TLI Go/No Go Evaluation." In fine condition.

Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Kranz, in part: "The Apollo 17 Flight (Launch Phase) Book with mission materials…is a compilation of information for my personal use as Flight Director. The material included, reflected what I determined most useful to have at my fingertips in order to efficiently and successfully manage those aspects of Apollo 17 that I was responsible for…This material was used at my console during Apollo 17 as a primary resource for coordinating that mission and associated activities during that mission's launch phase. For my ease of use, this binder has been organized and tabbed, was carried everywhere and kept on top of my console during the actual mission." Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.

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