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CDR Cernan-certified flown TLI cue card from the final lunar mission
Flown "Manual SIVB TLI 0" cue card carried into lunar orbit on board the Command Module America during the Apollo 17 mission, 2.75 x 4.25, signed on the reverse by Apollo 17 Commander Gene Cernan below his flight-certification stamp: "Flown to lunar orbit aboard the Apollo 17 CM 'America.'" The card is labeled, "Dec. 6 Launch, 11/15/72," and has three small swatches of Velcro on the reverse. In fine condition.
This TLI cue card was for the Trans Lunar Insertion burn that took place on Apollo 17, which boosted the spacecraft onto a coast to the moon. The card shows the data that would appear on the DSKY display for the Apollo Guidance Computer: during a normal burn, 'Nominal' cards would be used; in the event of a failure of the automatic sequencer, 'Manual' cards—like this one—would be used. Incredibly significant, this flown cue card represents humanity's last trip to the moon in the 20th century.
Auction Title: Space
#619 - Ended October 21, 2021
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