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Item 4294 - Tom Stafford's Apollo 10 Flown Lunar Module Medal Catalog 538 (Oct 2018)

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Tom Stafford’s flown sterling silver Lunar Module medal carried into lunar orbit aboard the Lunar Module Snoopy during the Apollo 10 mission. The medallion, measures approximately .75″ x .5″, has been attached to the end of a tie clip engraved "Apollo X" across the front. In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from Stafford, in part: "This is to certify that the accompanying Silver Apollo X LM Medal was carried by me about the Lunar Module ‘Snoopy’ in orbit around the Moon…This silver lunar module on a tie clip was flown on LM-4 known as ‘Snoopy.’ It was placed aboard by Mr. George Skurla, President of Grumman Aircraft Space Operations at KSC. After the flight, George presented me with several of the LM module medals that he attached to a tie clip with ‘Apollo X’ engraved on it.

During our return to Earth after our successful completion of the tasks required to prove that Apollo 11 could land on the lunar surface, we fired our Service Propulsion System…engine on ‘Charlie Brown’ longer than necessary to attain enough speed to test the safety margins of the command module heatshield. The longer SPS firing propelled our spacecraft to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere at 24,791 mph, faster than any other manned spacecraft. A speed record that stands to this day…This LM medal is one of the fastest of any objects flown on any Apollo mission.”

From the personal collection of General Thomas P. Stafford; proceeds to benefit the Stafford Air and Space Museum (SASM) Foundation expansion fund. The hammer price, minus the auction estimate, is considered a tax deductible donation to the SASM; winning bidder should contact the SASM for a donation letter.

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