COLONEL JAMES B. "JIM" IRWIN - DOCUMENT SIGNED - HFSID 264762
Sale Price $342.00
Jim Irwin signs an autograph document listing his expenses trips to California, Seattle, Victoria, British Columbia and Denver and income from sales in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania and Canada.
Autograph Document Signed: "Jim Irwin", 1p, 8½x11 lined yellow sheet. No place, 1990 November 20. Listing of Irwin's expenses trips to California, Seattle, Victoria, British Columbia and Denver and income from sales in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania and Canada. Headed: "Victoria, B.C. Slippery Rock". Irwin has signed under handwritten "Received" at the end of the list of expenses. Ink note (unknown hand): "cash check/11-20-90" is circled in red pencil to left of signature; red-penciled "$71.00" to right of signature. The expenses include hotels in Santa Clara, Victoria and Denver, charges for porters, rental cars, taxi, stamps, food and excess baggage (a bicycle that was taken from Seattle to British Columbia and then returned to Seattle). Some of the items were noted to have been paid by American Express. Income includes two honorariums of $2,000 each, travel and sales in Pennsylvania and Canada. Fine condition. With Carbon Document Signed: with facsimile signature 1p, 7½x3¼. Seattle, Washington, 1990 October 19. Copy of an American Express receipt for extra baggage charges for a bicycle taken from Seattle to Victoria. Usual smudges from carbon. ½-in paper loss in lower left corner. Otherwise, fine condition. 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, less than nine months after signing this expense sheet. Two items.
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