SOUTH POLE AND LUNAR ORBIT-FLOWN FLAG.
Flown US flag, linen, 4 x 5½ inches.
An unusual flag, carried both to the South Pole and to the moon.
As DAVE SCOTT explains in his SIGNED provenance note, "in January 1970, I spent a week in Antarctica as part of a NASA delegation sent to observe scientific research in a hostile environment. It was not a training exercise; I was there purely for observation. Few places on Earth can prepare you mentally for being on the lunar surface, but that week spent in Antarctica was perhaps the closest I came to observing some of the challenges I would face.
The reflection of sunlight on ice day and night during the southern summer would, in some ways, replicate the intense glare of the sun on the surface of the moon. The difficulty of moving any distance in the Antarctic bore some resemblance, too, to the restrictions we would experience in lunar mobility.
I took this small US flag with me to the South Pole, and then carried it on board Apollo 15. It orbited the moon on the Command Module Endeavor, while Jim Irwin and I explored the moon's surface using the first Lunar Rover of the Apollo program.
This flag has been in my personal collection since we returned to Earth on August 7, 1971."