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Lot #2261
Apollo 17 Lunar Surface Flown Film

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Estimate: $3000+
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Flown .75 x .75 swatch of film carried to the lunar surface aboard the Lunar Module Challenger during the Apollo 17 mission. The swatch is affixed to a 8 x 10 certificate of authenticity signed in ballpoint by Richard W. Underwood, Supervisory Aerospace Technologist at the Johnson Space Center. The certificate details the chronology of the film from after liftoff until its return on board the CSM America. Included with the film is a color satin-finish photo of Gene Cernan holding the American flag during a lunar EVA, signed in silver ink, “Gene Cernan, Last man on moon, Apollo XVII.” Both are attractively double-matted and archivally framed with an engraved plaque and embroidered NASA and Apollo 17 patches to an overall size of 21.75 x 19.75. In fine condition. Underwood was responsible for developing the Apollo photographs—in fact, he was the first person to view every photograph from the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz, and the first 23 space shuttle missions.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Science & Technology and Space Exploration
  • Dates: #588 - Ended July 16, 2020