FLOWN Apollo 14 Command Module Window Glass
Lot 275
FIRST AMERICAN IN SPACE'S LUNAR VIEW.
Sold for US$ 30,500 inc. premium

Auction 17402: The Space Sale
16 Jul 2009 13:00 EDT

New York
Lot Details
FIRST AMERICAN IN SPACE'S LUNAR VIEW.
FIRST AMERICAN IN SPACE'S LUNAR VIEW.
Flown Command Module Window Glass from Apollo 14, thick silica glass in a red outer seal, 15 by 16 by 1 inch. An ID number on the glass edge itself reads: “V16-321384.” A yellow Temporary Parts Removal Tag confirms the ID number and adds “Serial/Lot Number L/N 101153840020, Authority TPS030 ASHUR 110011, R.H. (Right Hand) Crew Comp. Window, S/C 110, 4-28-71.” In original light blue wood transit case with several ID labels that read: “MARKED FOR: M/F: BLDG. 3 WHSE, APOLLO CSM 110, BOX 25-G, ART#2151.” One of several shipping labels reads: “U.S. Government Shipment ... From: Transportation Officer, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Bldg. 420, Johnson Space Center, Texas, 77058 ... To: Rockwell International, Space Division, 12214 Lakewood Blvd. Downey, California.”

A flown artifact exposed to the vacuum of space for over 215 hours during the entire Apollo 14 flight—to the moon, in lunar orbit, and the return to Earth—a total distance of over half a million miles. This is an outer window glass from Kittyhawk, the Command Module of Apollo 14. Alan Shepard, America's first man in space and the commander of Apollo 14, along with Stuart Roosa and Edgar Mitchell were able to get some of their first close-up views of the moon through this window. The outer pane of the window was removed as part of the Apollo Window Meteoroid Experiment. This was a passive experiment which compared the pre-launch condition of this outer pane to its returned condition. The pane was scanned from 20X to 200X magnification to map all visible defects from meteoroid cratering. This could then be correlated with lunar rock cratering studies.
Included are copies of property transfer documents from NASA to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) and deascession papers from NASM.
The red outer seal has been inscribed and signed: “Apollo 14 CM window, Edgar Mitchell.”
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