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Item 523 - Apollo 15 License Plate Catalog 396 (Nov 2012)

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Flown aluminum ‘lunar rover license’ plate, 1.25 x .5, marked with the registration number "LRV 001", with "MOON" as the home state, the year 1971, and the NASA and Boeing logos in the corners. Astronaut Dave Scott carried them in his space suit knee pocket on all three lunar EVAs, including on the lunar rover. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Dave Scott, stating, in part: “I hereby certify that the miniature ‘LRV-001’ license plate included with this letter is from my personal collection and was carried in the pocket of my A7L-B spacesuit during Apollo 15…To commemorate the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), the first vehicle to be driven on another world, I designed and had produced this small license plate for use as a memento of our lunar expedition. I carried this license plate in a pocket of my Apollo A7L-B EVA spacesuit (as shown in the above photo) during our nearly three-day stay on the Moon as we drove 27.76 km across the lunar surface.” In fine condition, with a few trivial surface marks.

This plate, one of only an estimated 15 total, were prepackaged in a pack smaller than a pack of gum, which was stowed in the left knee pocket of Scott's space suit before the launch and remained there until after his return to Earth. They were in space for 12 days, 7 hours from launch to splashdown. More importantly, they spent nearly 67 hours on the moon, including 18h 30m of EVAs, and were carried on LRV itself for around 17 miles across the lunar surface. RRAuction COA.

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