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Item 606 - Edgar Mitchell Catalog 419 (Nov 2013)

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A color calibration plate used on the lunar surface by Edgar Mitchell during the Apollo 14 mission. Metal plate measures 6 x 6, serial number 1006, with various colors and shades of grays on one side. Reverse bears a metal and plastic clip and is signed in black felt tip, “This camera calibration plate used on the lunar surface during the Apollo 14 exploration of Fra Mauro, February 1971, Edgar Mitchell Apollo 14 LMP.” In fine condition. Accompanied by two letters of authenticity from Mitchell. One dated January 4, 2000, reads, in part: “I certify that the accompanying Apollo 14 Color Calibration plate was used by me on the lunar surface at Fra Mauro…Its purpose was to help determine true color in a natural environment where there was essentially none. The plate is still coated with very fine lunar dust resulting from its exposure to the lunar environment…It has been in my personal space collection since its return to me by NASA in 1971.” The second letter, dated January 17, 2000, reads, in part: “The accompanying camera calibration plate was carried to the surface of the moon on board the ‘Antares’ spacecraft during the Apollo 14 lunar expedition. It was stowed in the equipment bay of the Antares before the launch, carried to the surface during the lunar landing and returned to the spacecraft ‘Kittyhawk’ following lunar surface activities…It has been in my possession as part of my personal collection of memorabilia since its return to Earth.” Present also are three photos of Mitchell, including one of him signing the plate, and another signing one of the letters. Also included are six 10 x 8 photos of the plate on the lunar surface, each signed in black felt tip by Mitchell, adding a brief inscription to one, and writing, “This is the color calibration plate in action.” An understated, but vitally important surface-used item, necessary for bringing back accurate photographs for further scientific study, and astronaut certified lunar surface items represent the pinnacle of space collecting. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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