Apollo 15 Lunar Orbit Flown Lunar Surface Map
Genuine lunar orbit flown contingency map plate carried to the moon aboard the Command Module "Endeavour" during the Apollo 15 mission, originally from the collection of Apollo 15 Commander Dave Scott.
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This is a genuine lunar orbit flown Apollo 15 contingency map plate that was flown to the moon aboard the Command Module "Endeavour" during the Apollo 15 mission in July 1971.
The chart is identified by the legend box as "Lunar Contingency Chart, Apollo 15, July 26, 1971, SKB 32100115-382, S/N 1001, 1st Edition, May 25, 1971, Mercator Projection, 1:5,500,000 at the equator," and depicts part of the lunar surface covered during Endeavour's six days in lunar orbit. The map has also been signed by Commander Dave Scott, who adds "Flown to the moon on Apollo 15 / July 26 - Aug 7, 1971. / Dave Scott / Apollo 15 CDR".
Full line plots of lunar orbit ground tracks are shown with multiple colours depending on which particular orbit is plotted; lunar topography is shown by shaded relief with a western illumination and includes revolution numbers and times of crossing. Background colouration is also used to indicate variance in reflectance of lunar areas under full illumination.
Hasselblad camera shots are depicted along the red and blue line plots, signalling that a photograph was required at this point in the journey. These sections note the Hasselblad coverage area (i.e. 250mm or 500mm) as well as the tilt angle pointing towards the horizon.
This map features one of the most prominent craters on the lunar surface; Apollo. Surrounding the Apollo region are numerous important craters, such as Grissom, White, and Chaffee, named for the Apollo 1 crew, and Borman, Lovell, and Anders, named for the Apollo 8 crew. Also visible on the map are Korolev, Barringer, and Oppenheimer craters.
- Lunar orbit flown map measures approx. 25" x 15.5"
- Overall museum-grade frame measures 41" x 21.5"
- Framed using acid-free matting and UV protective acrylic
- Signed and annotated by Apollo 15 Commander Dave Scott
- Includes original CDR Dave Scott letter of authenticity as shown
- Includes a copy of the Apollo 15 stowage list with the map highlighted
- Includes certificate of authenticity with holographic logo and company stamp
This Apollo 15 flown map came from the collection of Apollo 15 Commander Dave Scott. The chart is hand-signed and flight-certified in black felt tip, "Flown to the moon on Apollo 15, July 26-Aug 7, 1971. Dave Scott, Apollo 15 CDR." The chart is identified in the legend box and bears the serial numbers "SKB 32100115-382" & "S/N 1001" that correspond with those found in the Apollo 15 stowage list, which will also be included with the map.
The map is framed alongside an original signed letter of authenticity from Scott, reading in part: “I hereby certify that the Apollo 15 "Lunar Contingency Chart" included with this letter was flown in lunar orbit for six days aboard the CSM Endeavour during Apollo 15, the first extended scientific exploration of the Moon, July 26-August 7, 1971…This 'Lunar Contingency Chart' has been in my personal collection since our return to Earth."
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