Flown double-sided checklist page carried to the lunar surface on board the Lunar Module Challenger during the Apollo 17 mission, 8 x 5.5, marked as page numbers "5-3" and "5-4," signed on the front in black felt tip, "Gene Cernan," below his stamped flight certification, "Landed on the Moon aboard the Apollo 17 LM 'Challenger.'" Used just after the crew returned inside the LM from their second moonwalk, the checklist features a smudge of moon dust to the upper right corner, along with two arrows drawn on the page to remind the crew to "Unstow Lunar Surface Checklist, 5-4, Stow EVA 2 Prep & Post Card." It also tells the crew to weigh the collection bags full of moon rocks they just collected: "Weigh SRC & Collection Bags." In fine condition. Accompanied by two color certificates of authenticity prepared by David Frohman, both featuring an image of Cernan holding the flown Apollo 17 LM Lunar Surface Checklist.
During each of the six Apollo lunar landings, the astronauts were furnished with several checklists for use on the moon. However, of all the checklists, the “Lunar Surface Checklist” was the most important. As the checklist was constantly handled there, some of the pages—such as this example—are actually smudged with lunar dust. On EVA-2, Commander Gene Cernan and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt collected 75 pounds of lunar soil, sampling several different types of geologic deposits found in the Taurus-Littrow valley, including the avalanche at the base of the South Massif, orange-colored soil at Shorty crater, and ejecta of Camelot crater. This checklist page, which details PLSS/OPS doffing and subsequent actions to take upon their return to the Lunar Module, is a remarkable surface-flown piece.
A wonderful opportunity to acquire an artifact used directly on the moon—smudged with lunar dust and certified by the moonwalker who used it—which can become the cornerstone of any Apollo 17 collection.
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