COLONEL JAMES B. "JIM" IRWIN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/05/1980 - HFSID 131687
Sale Price $450.00
Jim Irwin sends an autograph letter of encouragement to a student.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Jim Irwin/Apollo 15 [drawing of a quarter Moon]", 1p, 8½x11. Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1980 June 5. On stationery of his High Flight Foundation to Wanda. In full: "I am glad you are on your way in aviation. Yes, we had an inertial system for our space travel and the celestial sightings were a most valuable input into the system. The computers were invaluable to our trip. If I can be of future help in your reach for the stars, please let me know. Your friend from beyond the Earth." Air Force test pilot James Benson "Jim" Irwin (1930-1991) was an Air Force Colonel when he was selected by NASA as one of 19 astronauts in April 1966. Irwin was on the support crew of Apollo 10 and was the backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 12 before making his historic journey to the Moon on Apollo 15, which was launched on July 26, 1971. The Apollo 15 mission, whose lunar module, Falcon, landed on the Moon on July 30th, was the first designed to explore the Moon over longer periods, greater ranges and with more instruments for the collection of scientific data than previous missions. To accomplish these goals, the mission included the introduction of a $40 million lunar roving vehicle, which reached a top speed of 10 mph across the Moon's surface. Irwin, who was the lunar module pilot, and astronaut Dave R. Scott, who was the Commander of the mission, rode over 17 miles on the Moon as command module pilot Alfred M. Worden orbited in the Endeavor. Their lunar liftoff on August 2nd was the first to be televised. Apollo 15 returned to Earth on August 7, 1971. Irwin, who was one of only 12 astronauts to have walked on the Moon and one of the first of six to have also ridden on the Moon, retired from NASA and the Air Force in 1972 to form a religious organization, the High Flight Foundation, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He died of a heart attack on August 8, 1991. Lightly creased. Folds, horizontal fold touches the upper loops of the "J" and "I". Fine condition.
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