FLOWN TO THE MOON ON APOLLO 12 LUNAR MODULE WATER DISPENSER/FIRE EXTINGUISHER ASSEMBLY

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Lot 118
FLOWN TO THE MOON ON APOLLO 12
LUNAR MODULE WATER DISPENSER/FIRE EXTINGUISHER ASSEMBLY

US$ 60,000 - 90,000
£ 46,000 - 69,000

The Space History Sale

21 Apr 2015, 10:00 EDT

New York

FLOWN TO THE MOON ON APOLLO 12
LUNAR MODULE WATER DISPENSER/FIRE EXTINGUISHER ASSEMBLY
Whirlpool water gun, finished aluminum, 7.5 x 6 x 2 inches. With part numbers "P.N. 14 0131 S.N. 3457 WHIRLPOOL CORP" and "P.N. 14-0131-01" on left side of handle. Trigger area houses a black plastic push button for locking the trigger in place and is labelled "PUSH" and "TO LOCK" above and below the button on the right side respectively. Trigger is aluminum and ridged for grip. Lower end of the gun's body houses a steel hose connector labelled "SV-706140-7 S/N:/82" and steel vane unit for spray nozzle labelled "S.S.CO.30.07 SS FULL JET PAT.3104829" with a lockable pressure valve with red handle.

Accompanied by Alan Bean's signed provenance letter which reads:
"I hereby certify that the lunar module water gun, which is mounted and framed, was used by Pete Conrad and me during our Apollo 12 mission. We used it for drinking water and for filling our food bags to rehydrate our food.
The gun also has a star fitting that could be opened to emit a spray for fire fighting. We were glad we did not have to test that feature in flight. Using the water gun to take a drink required a bit of practice, as the little plunger that moved out and let the water flow would pinch your lip if we were not careful.
"

This Whirlpool Lunar Module Water Gun was carried aboard the Lunar Module Intrepid and could deliver hot and cold potable water for drinking and food preparation. When not in use, it was mounted on the side of the Suit Liquid Cooling Assembly closest to the Ascent Engine. Lunar surface crews would, as a rule, drink deeply from the water gun before donning their helmets during EVA preparations. In an emergency, the pressure valve could be turned to convert the water gun into a fire extinguisher.

Reference: Apollo Stowage List Mission AS-507 CM 108/LM-6. Apollo 12. November 18, 1969. Houston, Texas: Manned Spacecraft Center, 1969, p. 13, section B, item #0110.
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