MECHANICAL PENCIL FLOWN TO THE LUNAR SURFACE WORN IN ALAN BEAN'S SPACESUIT DURING BOTH MOONWALKS & USED FREQUENTLY OVER THE COURSE OF THE APOLLO 12 MISSION
Lot 126
MECHANICAL PENCIL FLOWN TO THE LUNAR SURFACE
WORN IN ALAN BEAN'S SPACESUIT DURING BOTH MOONWALKS & USED FREQUENTLY OVER THE COURSE OF THE APOLLO 12 MISSION
US$ 30,000 - 50,000
£ 21,000 - 36,000

The Space History Sale

21 Apr 2015, 10:00 EDT

New York

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MECHANICAL PENCIL FLOWN TO THE LUNAR SURFACE WORN IN ALAN BEAN'S SPACESUIT DURING BOTH MOONWALKS & USED FREQUENTLY OVER THE COURSE OF THE APOLLO 12 MISSION
MECHANICAL PENCIL FLOWN TO THE LUNAR SURFACE
WORN IN ALAN BEAN'S SPACESUIT DURING BOTH MOONWALKS & USED FREQUENTLY OVER THE COURSE OF THE APOLLO 12 MISSION
FLOWN Mechanical Pencil, 5 inches, affixed black plastic ring, Velcro patch glued to the cap, stenciled "SEB 12100081-301" and "S/N 1004" on the metal body, "USA" on cap. 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 silver mechanical pencil travelled with me to the lunar surface on the Ocean of Storms in November 1969. I used it in our command module, Yankee Clipper, on the way to and from the moon. I used it during descent and landing on the moon, inside our lunar module, Intrepid, and on liftoff to rendezvous with the orbiting command module. I carried it in my left arm pocket during both moonwalks."

The problems of flammable wood, graphite, and rubber (in the eraser) and free floating dust generated by using wooden pencils in space led NASA to begin using lighter weight mechanical pencils from 1961. This particular example was carried in the left arm pocket of Captain Bean's spacesuit during his exploration of the lunar surface and was used in the lunar module.

Reference: Apollo Stowage List Mission AS-507 CM 108/LM-6. Apollo 12. November 18, 1969. Houston, Texas: Manned Spacecraft Center, 1969, p. 57, section A, item 0206.
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