Flown lunar map section used during the Apollo 15 flight, 10.25 x 7.75, signed in black felt tip, “Flown to the Moon! Al Worden, Apollo 15 CMP.” Map is labeled to indicate the Bradley Rille, Hadley Rille, and Archimedes Rille, as well as a variety of craters. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance signed by Worden, in part: “This Lunar Map was used during the historic flight of Apollo 15…Our mission included the introduction of a Lunar Roving Vehicle to traverse the Moon’s surface and a scientific instrument in the Service Module to study the Moon from above.” Also includes a letter of authenticity from Dave Scott, reading: “I hereby certify that this Lunar Map is from my personal collection and was used by me in lunar orbit during the Apollo 15 mission.” The Apollo 15 landing site was nearby the Hadley Rille, as seen at the bottom of this map. Dave Scott and Jim Irwin used the first lunar rover to make three exploratory trips away from the site, using the Hadley Rille as a guide—these were to Elbow Crater, the edge of Mount Hadley Delta, and to the edge of Hadley Rille northwest of the landing site. During these excursions, they traveled a total of about 17 miles and collected over 170 pounds of moon rocks. A highly desirable flown map portraying an area of the lunar surface that was most crucial to the mission. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
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