FLOWN SAFETY CAP FROM ALAN BEAN'S PORTABLE LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM USED IN THE LUNAR MODULE
Lot 123
FLOWN SAFETY CAP FROM ALAN BEAN'S PORTABLE LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM
USED IN THE LUNAR MODULE
Sold for US$ 3,750 inc. premium

The Space History Sale

21 Apr 2015, 10:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
FLOWN SAFETY CAP FROM ALAN BEAN'S PORTABLE LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM
USED IN THE LUNAR MODULE
FLOWN Portable Life Support System (PLSS) Electrical Safety Cap, aluminum, 1.5 x .5 inches, with .25 inch black and silver stripe painted indicator and central nipple with steel bolt positioned on top; rim is ridged in a diamond pattern for grip with a hole at either end and "S/N 708365" and another partially legible number written on the edge in black pen. With an Autograph Letter Signed by ALAN BEAN on his personal illustrated letterhead.

ALAN BEAN'S handwritten provenance letter reads: "I hereby certify that the accompanying electrical safety cap came from the portable life support system (PLSS) backpack that I wore on my two moonwalks on the Apollo 12 mission. I removed this safety cap as I was donning my spacesuit so I could connect the remote control unit (RCU) cable to my PLSS backpack. I then mounted the RCU on the front of my spacesuit so I could monitor and control the life sustaining equipment in my PLSS backpack. The electrical safety cap has been in my personal collection since my return to Earth."

This small dust plug cover was an essential piece of technology employed on the Apollo 12 mission. The PLSS was contained in the backpack of the A7L spacesuit worn by the Apollo astronauts, with this cap protecting one of its connector interfaces for the umbilical that ran between the pack and a remote control unit which was mounted on the astronaut's chest.
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