Lunar orbit flown set of three multicolored ear protectors worn by Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell during the launch of Apollo 14 on January 31, 1971. Each ear bud approximately measures 1 x 1, with two still attached to original cords, all of which are mounted to a handsome 12 x 15 wooden provenance plaque from the Edgar D. Mitchell Space Collection, bearing engraved Apollo 14 mission insignia and text, reading, in part: "Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell wore these Ear Protectors under his helmet during the launch of Apollo 14, mankind's third lunar landing mission…Once safely in orbit, they traveled nearly one-million miles through deep space at speeds approaching 25,000 mph, and orbited the Moon thirty-four times." The plaque is affixed to a suede-matted display board, 27.75 x 21, which features a certificate of authenticity that pictures Mitchell holding the wooden plaque and ear protectors; the certificate is likewise dated October 29, 2002, and signed in black felt tip by Mitchell. In fine condition. Along with Commander Alan Shepard and Command Module Pilot Stu Roosa, Mitchell relied upon these ear protectors during the crew's fiery launch and ascent into Earth's orbit. Consisting of a full set and one spare, the protectors were worn below the helmet and then safely removed and stowed away within the CSM Kitty Hawk for the rest of the journey. Flown items actually worn by Apollo astronauts remain incredibly rare, with these ear protectors all the more impressive given their unique role in safeguarding the hearing of the mission LMP—the sixth man to walk on the moon.
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