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Item 8384 - Apollo 17 Mission-Used Console 'Bible' Catalog 498 (Apr 2017)

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Flight Director Neil B. Hutchinson's mission-used console manual for Apollo 17, 11 x 11.5, bearing a handwritten note by Hutchinson affixed to the front cover: "This [is] my FD console 'Bible' built by me & used A LOT on the console for Apollo 17, NH." The binder features a wealth of material inside, including numerous hand-annotated sheets, schematics, diagrams, and charts. The tab-separated binder includes sections labeled "Comm," "SIM Bay," "GNC," "EECOM," "Hatch/Antenna," "Trajectory," and "Rules." Among the highlights are several large fold-out schematics, many annotated in colored pencil, with the most heavily annotated including those for the communications system (with several additional pencil notes on radio spectrums and VHF modes), Service Module Reaction Control System, Sequential Power Distribution, Sequential Earth Landing System, Power Distribution Matrix, Suit and Cabin Pressurization, and Primary Glycol Loop. A handwritten page of notes in the SIM Bay section is headed "CM Photog," and lists technical info for photography under the headers "Solar Corona," "Zodiacal Light," "Terminator," "Earthshine," and "Lunar Surface Scientific Interest." In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Hutchinson, in full: "This console handbook was assembled by Flight Director Neil Hutchinson for use on the Flight Director console during the flight of Apollo 17. It contains material that was essential to know and understand about various elements and aspects of the mission for those flight phases for which he was responsible: CSM lunar orbit, trans-earth transit, SIM bay EVA and earth entry." After beginning his career as a Manned Spacecraft Center mathematician during the Gemini program, Hutchinson rose through the ranks to serve as a flight director for Apollo 16 and Apollo 17. He played an especially major role on Apollo 17 and was responsible for many of the CSM activities during the mission, including Ron Evans's EVA on the way home to retrieve film from the SIM bay. A remarkable, unique piece of history from man's last mission to the moon.

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