APOLLO 15 FLIGHT JACKET US FLAG.
Lot 284
APOLLO 15 FLIGHT JACKET US FLAG.
Sold for US$ 8,540 inc. premium

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

New York
Lot Details
APOLLO 15 FLIGHT JACKET US FLAG.
Flown US Flag, Beta cloth, 3 by 5 inches. Cut from the left shoulder of the Intravehicular Activity flight coverall jacket.

A Beta cloth US flag worn on the lunar surface while inside the lunar module Falcon, and removed by James Irwin from his coveralls prior to leaving the surface.
These Intravehicular Activity (IVA) coveralls were constructed mainly of a bleached Teflon material and consisted of a jacket, trousers, and a pair "booties." Two sets of these coveralls were stowed in Falcon prior to launch from the Kennedy Space Center, one for Commander David Scott, the other for Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin.
Both Scott and Irwin wore their coveralls inside Falcon when pressure suits were not required. To ensure the largest amount of lunar rocks could be returned, the LM crew jettisoned flight equipment no longer needed such these coverall garments and their space suit back-packs. Both men had additional coveralls available in the Command Module for use during their return home.
Accompanied by a Typed Letter Signed by Mrs James Irwin, which reads in part: "My late husband, Astronaut James Irwin, removed this Beta cloth United States flag prior to his departure from the lunar surface ... This flag stayed on the lunar surface inside Falcon for over 66 hours ... It has been in our family collection of space artifacts since his return from the moon in August 1971."
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