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NAAmodel#240
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posted 01-13-2014 07:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NAAmodel#240   Click Here to Email NAAmodel#240     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Periodically there are reports of envelopes carried by Apollo crews before Apollo 11. To my knowledge none have turned out to have been carried.

eBay currently has a listing for a photograph that purports to show a woman receiving a cover carried by CDR Cernan on Apollo 10. Does anyone have any intel on this?

David Menard delivers letter came from Houston, Texas, via the noon, to Mrs. Guy Lewis. The letter was from her son, Barry, who is affiliated with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Houston head-quarters. Lewis asked Apollo 10 crew member, Cmdr. Eugene A. Cernan, to carry the letter In his space suit pocket during last month's historic moon orbit. When Cernan returned to earth he mailed the letter to firs Lewis.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-13-2014 07:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The photo accompanied stories that appeared in numerous newspapers worldwide in June 1969. The UPI report quotes the note accompanying the cover as written by Cernan:
As a personal favor for Barry, I am sending you this letter after it has traveled over 500,000 miles including an orbit around the moon — and to extend a message of best wishes from the crew of Apollo 10.

4allmankind
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posted 01-13-2014 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4allmankind   Click Here to Email 4allmankind     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I feel as though the actual piece of paper that Cernan carried surfaced sometime in the last few years. I recall seeing the image of it online. I'm going to check to see if I saved a photo of it. Anyone else remember this? Perhaps 2008-09 or so?

cosmos-walter
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posted 01-14-2014 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for information. As for Mercury, Gemini and Apollo I only was aware of covers flown with Apollo 11, 13, 14, 15, 16.

With Apollo 12 one cover was flown for Barbara Baker, the remaining flown Apollo 12 covers were carried with Apollo 15.

Soyuz Apollo astronauts took the letters to earth they received as gift in space.

Agena 8 carried a microfilmed letter which was retrieved by Mike Collins and returned to earth with Gemini 10.

Is anybody of you aware of other flown items from Mercury, Gemini or Apollo area?

Ken Havekotte
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posted 01-14-2014 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wish we can see more of the cover itself, or a close-up. Did Capt. Cernan (maybe we should ask him?) say anything further about actually confirming if it had been the actual crew patch cachet cover itself that had flew with him around the moon in May 1969?

Or perhaps it was a letter inside the cover that actually went on the lunar voyage, and not the Apollo 10 crew emblem cachet cover?

It sounds as though to me the term "letter" is confusing here; does it mean the cover itself or perhaps a letter that Cernan had written inside it, or both!

4allmankind
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posted 01-14-2014 08:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4allmankind   Click Here to Email 4allmankind     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been of Ken's opinion that the piece of paper flew, not the cover. Still looking for a scan of the letter. I have it somewhere.

NAAmodel#240
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posted 01-16-2014 02:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NAAmodel#240   Click Here to Email NAAmodel#240     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have my suspicions about the envelope as well. The caption says the letter is from her son so perhaps Cernan carried a note that was in the enclosed cover. The cover does not appear to be a standard size #6 you might buy in the NASA Exchange. The mission emblem also appears to be at a slight angle suggesting it is an adhesive sticker instead of printed. Postage also seems excessive.

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