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Item 54 - Dave Scott’s Apollo 15 Lunar Orbit-Flown Photography Chart Catalog 489 (Dec 2016)

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Estimate: $20,000.00 +
Sold Price: $23,278.68 (includes buyer's premium)


Exceptional flown Apollo 15 lunar orbit chart, folded to 13 x 7.5, signed and flight-certified in the photography legend in black felt tip, “Flown to the Moon on Apollo 15, July 26–Aug 7, ’71, Dave Scott, Apollo 15 CDR.” The chart is comprised of twenty-four map plates taped together at the center which if detached and unfolded would measure over fourteen feet long. The chart depicts the entire lunar surface during revolutions 1 through 18, and is labeled on the first panel, “Lunar Orbit Chart A, Apollo 15 Revs 1–18, July 26, 1971, SKB 32100115-377, S/N 1001, 1st Edition May 20, 1971.” The landing site is shown on page A13, and the map provides appropriate information for photographing the areas depicted. Map features extensive blue ink notations in another hand. In fine condition, with a crease to one page.

Accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from Scott, in part: “I hereby certify that the Apollo 15 ‘Lunar Orbit Chart A’ is from my personal collection and was flown in lunar orbit for six days aboard the CSM Endeavor during Apollo 15…This chart is comprised of 21 map plates depicting the entire lunar surface covered during revolutions 1 through 18…This unique Chart also contains a handwritten circle in blue around the crater ‘Aitken’ with blue handwritten notations, ‘Terminator Rev 3 Nassau Bay CM 4 80 mm lens,’ indicated by a hand circle and arrow from the crater ‘Nassau.’ This is one of four such charts used by the crew for hand-held Hasselblad orbital photography during our six days in lunar orbit…Lunar Orbit Charts portray lunar topography by shaded relief with a western illumination, and include revolution numbers, and times of crossing…The Photograph Legend information includes symbols for the lens to be used (80mm or 250mm), the time interval between frames, and a target number. Ground tracks below the orbit are marked by red and blue lines…This ‘Lunar Orbit Chart A’ has been in my personal collection since returning to Earth.” An intricately detailed and visually impressive piece with ideal provenance. Pre-certified Zarelli Space Authentication.

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