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Item 8428 - Apollo 17 Mission-Used Pair of Console Checklists Catalog 511 (Oct 2017)

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Flight Director Neil B. Hutchinson's mission-used console checklists for Apollo 17, 9.5 x 11.75, one labeled "Activation/Descent" and the other labeled "Entry." The "Activation/Descent" checklist has a handwritten note by Hutchinson affixed to the front, reading, "Apollo 17 Flight Director Activation (of CSM) console checklist built & used as executed for CSM/LM undocking on Apollo 17 just prior to descent, NH." Inside are four 11 x 17 pages with handwritten notes along a timeline for the mission which were crossed out by Hutchinson as each procedure took place; among these notes are: "Verify SIM Bay Secure," "Hatch, Probe, Drogue Removal," "Verify Undock Att," "CMP Suit Up," "CSM/LM Umbilical Removal," "LM Course Align," "Suit Integrity Ck," "CMP Helmet & Gloves Off," "Circ Burn," and "Verify SIM Bay Activation."

The "Entry" checklist has a handwritten note by Hutchinson affixed to the front, reading, "Apollo 17 Flight Director Entry console checklist built & used by Neil Hutchinson, NH." Inside are three 11 x 17 pages with handwritten notes along a timeline for the mission which were crossed out by Hutchinson as each procedure took place; among these notes are: "Eat," "RCS Preheat Ck," "Verify MCC-7 Att," "Final MCC-7 Status," "Secure SIM Bay," "Watch Logic/Pyro Checks," "H2O Evap Status," "Verify Hot Fire," "Helos Airborne," "Final Status Ck," and "Splashdown." In overall fine condition, with tears to one binding hole in the "Entry" checklist. Accompanied by two letters of provenance from Hutchinson. 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. An incredible pairing of mission-used documents chronicling the journey of man's last lunar landing.

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