Article No.: 2972
Apollo 16 lunar surface flown strap - lunar dust coated - handsigned by Charlie Duke !
About 0.8 cm triangle swatch of beta cloth material mounted on a 7x9'' rigid foam board certified on the backside.
Apollo 16 flew to the moon april 16th - 27h 1972 with the crew John Young, Charlie Duke and Ken Mattingly.
This presentation bears a piece of LUNAR SURFACE FLOWN strap fragment used in the Lunar Module "Orion".
The hilly region around Descartes crater in the lunar highlands was the landing site chosen for Apollo 16.
The landing site had two basic terrains that were explored and sampled: the Cayley Plains - a smooth or undulating light plains unit, and the Descartes formation made up of hilly furrowed highland plateau material. Analysis of the samples showed that these geologic units were made up of debris generated by impact events, perhaps from the formation of large lunar basins.
North and South Ray craters appeared to penetrate deeply into the Cayley formation and revealed a sequence of layering, perhaps through an overlap of both the Cayley and Descartes formations.
The source of the strap is the personal collection of Charlie Duke whom we personally acquired it from - a copy of his letter of authentication will come with the presentation.
Each strap fragment is coated with real lunar dust that can be seen with the naked eye as slight greyish smudges compared to plain white regular beta cloth and even better under a microscope (x60 recommended) where tons of grains easily become visible !
Important note : Lunar dust from the Apollo mission as part of a legally obtained artifact is legal to own !
We have a few of these hand-signed by Charlie Duke !
This edition is limited to 99 presentations in total.
Please note : Due to the nature of the source artifact each presentation differs slightly in color and shape.