Huge flown double-sided 10.5 x 16 cue card used inside the Lunar Module during preparations for the first EVA of Apollo 15, consisting of two cards taped together at the center, with one side headed “EVA 1 Prep” and the other headed “EVA 1,” signed and certified in the lower right corner in blue felt tip, “Used on the Moon, Hadley Apennine, during Apollo 15, July 21-Aug 7, 1971. Dave Scott, Apollo 15 CDR.” In fine condition, with the tape toned and dry.
Accompanied by a detailed signed letter of provenance from Dave Scott, in part: “I hereby certify that the large double-sided ‘EVA 1 PREP/POST EVA 1’ Cue Card included with this letter was used on the lunar surface aboard the Falcon Lunar Module (LM) during Apollo 15…To facilitate use during the EVA preparations and post-EVA periods this cue card was attached by the tab taped at the top to the internal AOT support bracket of the spacecraft. The front side of EVA-1 PREP was dated by hand 7/14/71; and included one handwritten entry: ‘& Ancillary Container’ as a procedure change. The activities covered by the cue card included in sequence: (1) preparing equipment for EVA-1, (2) donning the Portable Life Support System (PLESS), (3) PLSS communications check, (4) final systems preparation, (5) connecting the Oxygen Purge System (OPS), and (6) donning the helmet and gloves. The card was then turned over to the back side to complete the EVA-1 PREP period, the steps for which consisted of: (7) the final pressure integrity check…(8) cabin depressurization, and (9) final preparation for egress. The cue card was then stowed for use at the conclusion of EVA-1 after the crew had reentered the spacecraft—this began the ‘POST EVA-1’ period as shown in the right column of the back side. Because of the complexity and number of activities required to prepare for extravehicular activity (EVA); the cue card…was essential to minimize time required and enhance safety.” Upon exiting the LM to begin EVA-1, Commander Scott became the seventh man to walk on the moon. EVA-1 marked the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle, which Scott and Jim Irwin drove to the Elbow Crater along the edge of the Hadley Rille in an excursion that lasted more than six hours. Upon their return to the LM Falcon, they deployed the ALSEP, an experiment package which included numerous scientific instruments. A truly remarkable piece from the mission which was critical to ensuring the success of operations on the lunar surface.
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