Gene Cernan’s ring-bound flown CSM Systems Data manual carried aboard command module America during the Apollo 17 mission, 8.5 x 10.5, 63 pages, signed and flight certified on the front cover in blue felt tip, “Flown on Apollo XVII, Eugene Cernan,” with a provenance stamp to the upper portion. The manual, Part No. SKB32100123–340, S/N 1001, and dated August 31, 1972, is comprised of 53 highly detailed diagrams and fold-out schematics of the many electrical, mechanical, and fluid-based operating systems in the command module. Each diagram and schematic is tabbed for each system and subsystem, including: “Overview Sequential,” “Dock Probe,” “Interface CSM–LM Elec,” “Interface CSM/Exper,” “Power Dist Main,” “Power Dist Experiments,” “Suit/Cabin Press,” “Fuel Cell,” “Cryo,” and “Water Waste.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed 2012 letter of certification from Cernan, in part: “This CSM Systems Data Book flew in the command module (CM) with us during our mission to Taurus–Littrow on the Moon in December of 1972. This flown Apollo 17 CSM Systems Data Book is an example of a completely intact checklist used in Space…This CSM Systems Data Book has remained a treasured part of my personal space collection for thirty-nine years, ever since NASA presented it back to me in 1972, shortly after my return to Earth.”
Deriving from the personal safekeeping of the mission commander, this exceptional, intact manual—featuring an impressive 53 fold-outs—was used as a diagnostics reference book. In the event of a malfunction in one of the spacecraft systems, the Apollo 17 crew would use this manual and the particular fold-out schematic to trace and repair the problem. This book remains both an historic relic from the final manned lunar landing, and a one-of-a-kind example of an astronaut flight-certified artifact returned from lunar orbit. Pre-certified Zarelli Space Authentication.
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