COLONEL JAMES B. "JIM" IRWIN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/17/1987 - HFSID 29895
JAMES IRWIN James Irwin sends an autograph letter to a collector about space travel. Autograph Letter Signed: "Jim Irwin/Apollo 15 [drawing of the Moon's crescent]", 1p, 8½x11. Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1987 December 17.
Sale Price $1,020.00
James Irwin sends an autograph letter to a collector about space travel.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Jim Irwin/Apollo 15 [drawing of the Moon's crescent]", 1p, 8½x11. Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1987 December 17. Written exactly 84 years after the Wright Brothers' first flight on his High Flight Foundation stationery to Bill. In full: "Thanks for your letter. I send you Christmas Greetings from the Moon and Colorado. Regarding your question, we have capability on board to return home without communications. We have computers and sighting equipment for the necessary navigation. We have practiced these procedures many times. I wish you new joy in the land Jesus Christ. May He bring you new knowledge and wisdom and Joy. Your grateful Brother from the moon" 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. Horizontal fold just touches the top of the "J" and "I" of signature, else fine.
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