Lot #4372
Richard Gordon Signed Statement and Photograph

The Apollo 12 CMP on returning to Earth alone—"I don't even like to contemplate that"
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Estimate: $300+


The Apollo 12 CMP on returning to Earth alone—"I don't even like to contemplate that"

Two items: a fascinating typed statement on NASA letterhead, one page, 8 x 10.5, no date, signed in black ballpoint, "Richard Gordon," which concerns the possibility of returning from the Apollo 12 mission alone: "We did train—or I did train—to return by myself. I went through all the mission activities that I would have had to have operated the command module by myself as opposed to having three people. But I never concerned myself with that. I knew they were going to come back. It would have been a very, very unpleasant day if they hadn't, let me tell you. That would have been three days of pure—not terror—but real sorrow to come back alone. I don't even like to contemplate that"; and a color satin-finish 8 x 10 photo of Gordon posing in his white space suit next to the lunar lander, signed in black felt tip, "Richard Gordon, Apollo XII, CMP." In overall fine condition, with light blurring to the ink on the letter.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space & Aviation
  • Dates: #538 - Ended October 18, 2018

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