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Item 491 - Apollo 12 Catalog 409 (May 2013)

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Sold Price: $6,853.20 (includes buyer's premium)

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Spectacular and rare flown Beta Cloth checklist and scissors leg assembly carried into lunar orbit on the Command Module Yankee Clipper by Command Module Pilot Richard Gordon. Two bag assembly consists of a larger bag designed for a checklist, 7.25 x 9.5, with a large Velcro-sealed flap, and a label on the back reading "Part No. A7L-201047-03, S/N 126, Code Ident. 74897." The smaller bag is 3 x 8.25 inches and of similar design, with a metal snap on the inside of the flap, and a label on the back reading, “Part No. A7L-201048-03, S/N 067, Code Ident. 74897.” The two pockets are stitched onto twin 29-inch belts that allow placement around the space suit leg and are held in place by Velcro connectors looping through two metal D-rings. Larger pocket is signed on the reverse in black ink, “This Beta cloth checklist & scissors leg pocket was worn by me on Apollo XII, Richard Gordon.” Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Gordon, which reads, in part: “This Beta Cloth Checklist & Scissors Leg Pocket was worn during my trip to the moon on Apollo XII. It kept items that were needed in close proximity to the user; a most useful piece of wear.” In fine condition.

This assembly would have been strapped to the right lower leg of Gordon’s pressure suit prior to launch. After the successful launch it was transferred to the inflight coveralls for the journey to lunar orbit. As NASA retained both the space suits and inflight coveralls of all the Apollo astronauts after their missions, only a few flown components of those suits remain available. These checklist and scissor leg assemblies are perhaps the best known examples and are seldom offered. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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