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Item 408 - Alan Shepard Catalog 429 (May 2014)

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Flown one-inch long section of lunar surface safety line, carried on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 14 mission, presented to NASA employee Stephen T. Dunham. Swatch is laminated to a 3.25 x 2.75 presentation card reading “Presented in appreciation of your role in Apollo 14’s success. This small portion of the lunar surface safety line was carried by the astronauts on the moon’s surface February 5–6, 1971”; and an official 10 x 8 NASA lithograph of Alan Shepard conducting an experiment on the lunar surface, signed and inscribed in gold ink, “To Ken Havekotte—Thanks for your continued support—attached ‘lunar surface safety line’ was used on the moon by Ed Mitchell and me on 2/5/1971—Alan Shepard, CDR Apollo XIV.” In fine condition. Pictured in the photo is the lunar device that housed the 100-foot safety line in case it would be needed. Shown at Shepard’s right is the Modular Equipment Transporter (MET), which contained the stored location of the lunar surface safety line, designed to be used in an emergency to allow one astronaut to pull another to safety. The MET was a pull-type two-wheeled cart for carrying equipment and lunar samples. It was referred to as the ‘lunar rickshaw.’ Despite the overall 100-foot size of the line, very few examples appear on the market. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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