SCOTT'S US FLAG CARRIED ON MULTIPLE MISSIONS.
Flown US flag, linen, 4 x 5½ inches.
FLOWN ON APOLLO 9, THEN TO THE SOUTH POLE, AND FINALLY TO THE SURFACE OF THE MOON. With DAVE SCOTT'S SIGNED provenance note, giving details of the three expeditions: "I was Command Module Pilot on Apollo 9 ... the first test flight of the complete Apollo lunar landing mission architecture, including all spacecraft and life support systems....
"I was a member of a NASA contingent of six on an official visit to Antarctica from 9 through 15 January 1970 ... The objective of the visit was to observe human operations and scientific research in a remote and hostile environment as parallels to similar activities on the Moon and in space ... Throughout the journey, I carried the attached United States flag in the pocket of my parka as a symbol of exploration.
Apollo 15 was the fourth manned lunar landing and the first 'J' mission extended scientific exploration of the Moon."
Scott continues, "I hereby certify that the United States flag included with this letter ... is from my personal collection and was flown aboard Apollo 9, March 3-13, 1969; then carried to the South Pole, Antarctica, January 9-15, 1970, and then flown to the lunar surface during Apollo 15, July 26 - August 7, 1971."
Flags flown to the lunar surface are rare; those with an additional history of exploration like this one, scarcer still.