Used extensively in lunar orbit during the Apollo 12 mission, deriving from the collection of CMP Gordon
Richard Gordon’s flown rotational hand controller from the Apollo 12 Command and Service Module (CSM-108) Yankee Clipper, measuring 2.75″ x 4.75″ x 2.5″ overall, with affixed “Class III, Not For Flight” label and underside of base marked with part numbers: “S/N 16, 10022865-101, 94580.” The controller, with trigger switch, is secured to a walnut 4.75″ x 8″ x 1″ base with upper and lower plaques, “Apollo 12, Nov. 14-24, 1969” and “Rotational Hand Controller,” with handwritten notation to underside: “RG, 93-002b.” This spring-loaded hand controller was used to control pitch, roll, and yaw while Gordon navigated in lunar orbit. In fine condition.
Accompanied by a copy of the Test Preparation Sheet for the “CM 108 Hand Controllers” of the “Flight Control System,” dated February 9, 1970, which identifies the case as “ASHUR [Apollo Spacecraft Hardware Utilization Request] 108047, Post-flight review of hand controllers.” In the description field, three follow-up steps are listed: “1. Remove from Bonded Storage, Building 4, Room 191, the following controllers (Handles only), a. Translational controller, P/N 95762-2, one each, b. Rotational controller, P/N 10022865-101, two each. / 2. Downgrade hand controllers to non-flight hardware. / 3. Release for local delivery to Mr. Kenneth S. Kleinknecht, Room 757, Building 2.”