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moorouge
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posted 08-17-2012 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It occurs to me that the names of the first and last visitors to the Moon had their names recorded on a plaque attached to the LM. Did any of the other crews leave a record of their names on the surface?

Also, in a perverse sort of way, it would be nice to think that someone inscribed in the lunar dust "Kilroy was 'ere!".

ilbasso
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posted 08-17-2012 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Their PLSS backpacks had their names on them - unless they pulled off the Velcro name tags...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-17-2012 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Am I missing something in the question, or didn't each of the Apollo lunar modules have a plaque naming the crew?

Tykeanaut
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posted 08-17-2012 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sure you are correct Robert in saying that they all had plaques on the LM ladder.

moorouge
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posted 08-17-2012 02:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which raises the question that with the late substitution of crew, what names were inscribed on the plaque for Apollo 13?

jiffyq58
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posted 08-17-2012 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Didn't Lovell remove that plaque from Aquarius before they went back to Odyssey and take it home as a souvenir? I seem to remember that from his book.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-17-2012 02:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I recall correctly, Apollo 13 launched with two plaques: one with Mattingly's name that was bolted to the lunar module's leg and one with Swigert's name that was carried inside the spacecraft.

Had the mission successfully landed, Lovell and Haise would have replaced the plaque on the leg with the one with Swigert and returned to Earth the one with Mattingly's name. Due to the mid-flight emergency, the opposite took place and Lovell held onto the Swigert plaque for many years as a memento.

I believe he donated it with his other memorabilia to the Adler Planetarium in 2005.

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posted 08-17-2012 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ilbasso:
Their PLSS backpacks had their names on them - unless they pulled off the Velcro name tags...
All of the name tags, mission patches, etc. were beta cloth that were actually sewn to the suits and PLSS's. They were not, as far as I know, attached by Velcro.

Of the examples I have seen come to market, the PLSS patches were all roughly cut off by the crew in the LM before the units were discarded. I know there is a photo out there of the Apollo 15 crew presenting one of these to President Nixon, and it has a good amount of material around it stained with dust.

Aside from the plaques, I think most of the name tags are probably still there, as they were on several different pieces of gear that were discarded, and not every crewmember cut theirs. In hindsight, I'll bet most of them wish they had!

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posted 08-17-2012 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 328KF:
I know there is a photo out there of the Apollo 15 crew presenting one of these to President Nixon, and it has a good amount of material around it stained with dust.

That would be this photo.

GACspaceguy
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posted 08-19-2012 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All of the lunar surface-bound LMs had plaques with the crew names. We have just put together a display of the full size replicas (flat though) of them all including a Swigert Apollo 13.

Also here is a picture of the display of Apollo 13 plaque at the Adler Planetarium we took in 2009.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 08-21-2012 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How long before a mission were the plaques made? In other words, was a plaque installed for LM-9, then removed? Or plaques started for Apollos 18 and 19?

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posted 08-22-2012 03:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This "replica" seems to show two plaques on the ladder. Anyone know why?

GACspaceguy
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posted 08-22-2012 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It could be a display that has muliple plaques. I had thought about displaying the ones I have on a single leg with a ladder, between the rungs. But that would take up a lot of floor space. I went with the display I show above instaed.

spaceman1953
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posted 08-30-2012 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hart Sastrowardoyo:
Or plaques started for Apollos 18 and 19?
Pictures of THOSE plaques even I would like to see!

OV-105
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posted 08-31-2012 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I went to JSC in 91 and 92, LTA-8 that was on display had plaques for all the flights on the ladder leg. I think I have a photo of it will have to check and scan it.

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posted 09-02-2012 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sev8n     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
I believe he donated it with his other memorabilia to the Adler Planetarium in 2005.

quote:
Originally posted by GACspaceguy:
Also here is a picture of the display of Apollo 13 plaque at the Adler Planetarium we took in 2009.

I was at the Adler Planetarium on August 23, 2012 and took this photo:

Ironically, the filename assigned by my camera for this photo was IMG_1313.JPG. I nearly fell out of my chair when I downloaded and reviewed my photos.

spacekiddo
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posted 09-07-2012 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacekiddo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there any picture of the Apollo 17 LM plaque?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-07-2012 08:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This photo shows Gene Cernan revealing the plaque on the moon, a close-up of the same, and a pre-flight stand-alone shot.

spacekiddo
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posted 09-10-2012 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacekiddo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks very much Robert. This makes the 'name plaque' collection complete.

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posted 12-06-2012 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any pre-launch photos of the Apollo 13 "Mattingly" plaque on the LM?

mjanovec
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posted 12-07-2012 05:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Photo taken March 30, 1970:

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LM-12
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posted 12-07-2012 05:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That certainly is one rarely-seen photo. Thanks for posting.

Blackarrow
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posted 12-07-2012 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If there really are parallel universes, there must be one in which Jim Lovell climbed down that ladder on to the Moon. Just our luck (and his!) to be in this universe where it didn't happen.

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posted 12-07-2012 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The March 30 photo must have been taken at the pad.

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