Flown ‘Phases of the Moon’ postal cover, 5.5 x 3.5, carried into lunar orbit during the Apollo 15 mission, with an affixed color cachet depicting all 15 phases of the moon and a cancellation of August 7, 1971, USS Okinawa, signed in the upper left in black felt tip by Dave Scott, Al Worden, and Jim Irwin. Reverse bears launch date and recovery date stamps, and the cover includes a flight-certified appreciation card from the Apollo 15 crew, reading, in part: “We hope this little souvenir of Apollo 15’s journey to the Moon will be a welcome addition to your Memoirs. We made it especially for those who have been close to us all during the long period of preparation.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a photocopied letter from Al Worden confirming that the covers are flight-certified. Created by German stamp dealer F. Herrick, one hundred and forty-four of these covers were carried in Al Worden’s PPK kit during the Apollo 15 mission, and later affixed with two eight-cent Decade of Achievement stamps and a single US Mail eight-cent stamp purchased aboard the USS Okinawa recovery ship. A highly collectable flown cover from the first of NASA’s extended ‘J’ missions. The Leon Ford Collection. Pre-certified Zarelli Space Authentication.
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