CAPTAIN RONALD E. EVANS - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: HARRISON "JACK" SCHMITT - HFSID 136700
Sale Price $396.00
RONALD E. EVANS and HARRISON SCHMITT. Commemorative Envelope
signed: "Ron Evans" and "Harrison H. Schmitt", 6½x3¾. Cover
commemorating "S-IVB Impacts Lunar Surface", three 3-cent "Atoms for Peace"
stamps affixed, postmarked Patrick Air Force Base, FL, December 10, 1972.
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. HARRISON HAGAN "JACK" SCHMITT (born in
1935), the first scientist-astronaut, received his Ph.D., a Doctorate in
Geology, from Harvard University in 1964. Selected by NASA in June 1965, Schmitt
was the backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 15. The Lunar Module
pilot for the Apollo 17 mission, he became the 11th man to walk on
the Moon (December 11, 1972). Schmitt later served in several capacities for
NASA, including Chief of Astronaut-Scientists, before resigning in 1975.
Elected to the U.S. Senate from New Mexico as a Republican in 1976, he
served from 1977-1983, losing reelection in 1982. Schmitt is the only man to
both walk on the Moon and serve in the U.S. Senate. Slightly creased at
upper right blank edge. Collector's address stamped at lower right margin.
Pencil erasures on verso (no show through). Fine condition.
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