CAPTAIN RONALD E. EVANS - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED 11/1977 - HFSID 131362
Sale Price $252.00
RONALD E. EVANS. Commemorative Envelope signed: "Ron Evans/11-77", 6½x3¾. Cover honoring "Apollo 17 Launch", 8-cent "A Decade of Achievement" stamp picturing the lunar rover affixed, pictorially postmarked Kennedy Space Center, FL, December 7, 1972, the date of the launch. Stamped cachet pictures the insignia for the Apollo 17 mission. Signed eight months after Evans retired from NASA. Ronald E. "Ron" Evans (1933-1990), who orbited overhead in the command module, America, during the Apollo 17 mission, had been one of 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966. He served as a member of the astronaut support crews for the Apollo 7 and Apollo 11 flights and as backup Command Module pilot for Apollo 14. Apollo 17, which was launched on December 7, 1972 and concluded on December 19, 1972, was the last scheduled manned mission to the Moon. It set records for the longest manned lunar landing flight, longest lunar surface extravehicular activities, largest lunar sample return and longest time in lunar orbit. While fellow astronauts Eugene Cernan (spacecraft Commander) and Harrison Schmitt explored the Taurus-Littrow landing area, Evans made visual geographical observations, photographed specific targets and operated highly sophisticated scientific equipment carried in the command module SIM-bay. He later completed a one hour and six minute extravehicular activity during the return flight, successfully retrieving three camera cassettes and inspecting the equipment bay area. Evans retired from NASA in March 1977. Slightly creased and soiled, else fine condition.
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