STAFFORD'S EMBLEM CARRIED IN LM SNOOPY.
"ONE OF THE FASTEST FLOWN ARTIFACTS."
Flown crew Beta emblem, carried on the Apollo 10 lunar flight, 9 inches square.
Accompanied by THOMAS P. STAFFORD'S signed provenance letter, dated May 18, 1999, which reads: "Enclosed with this letter is an Apollo X Beta cloth crew emblem flown on the flight of Apollo X during May 18 to 26, 1969. I was commander of this flight which carried the first lunar module named SNOOPY to lunar orbit.
This Beta emblem was carried in SNOOPY as Gene Cernan and I descended to within 50,000 feet of the lunar surface. We perform all tasks needed for the next flight, Apollo 11, except the actual lunar landing. Gene and I proved that the planning teams had correctly established the procedures for lunar operations, with just a few exceptions that were later corrected for Apollo 11.
The beta emblem has the distinction of one of the fastest flown artifacts from space travel. During the Apollo X reentry, my fellow crew members, Gene Cernan and John Young, and I established the all-time record for the highest speed ever attained by man 24,790 miles per hour. This speed record will not be broken until a crew of astronauts return from Mars sometime during the next century.
After the flight signed this Beta emblem and wrote along the bottom edge 'Flown to the Moon on Apollo X, May 18 26, 1969. T.P.S.'."
The Beta cloth has been SIGNED by TOM STAFFORD and GENE CERNAN.