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natedsanders
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posted 03-29-2013 02:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for natedsanders   Click Here to Email natedsanders     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Up for auction is the most unique Apollo 15 item we've yet seen — the actual hand grip of the controller used by Al Worden, with a signed COA from Worden.

The hand grip was used at various points in the mission and helped to adjust the attitude of the spacecraft during flight at many incredible tense, critical moments in the journey.

As Al Worden puts it in the signed COA included with this hand hand grip, which is mounted on wood:

...this control stick cover, NASA serial number MSC 991-0001.12, was the hand controller I used during the flight of Apollo 15. The function of the hand controller was to adjust the attitude of the spacecraft during flight. For instance it was critical to the maneuver designed to withdraw the Lunar Module from the S-IVB stage of the launch vehicle once leaving earth orbit. This maneuver involved 180 degree rotation of the Command and Service Module to align with the Lunar Module in storage. It was also essential for the alignment of the spacecraft in the proper direction for any thrusting maneuver. This controller was essential to the success of Apollo 15 and has been in my possession since the flight.
We hope you'll check out this incredible piece of space history, commemorating one of the most important of NASA's Apollo missions.

SpaceAholic
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posted 03-29-2013 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See a rotation control grip, still waiting to see the rotation hand controller the grip is a part of..

chet
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posted 04-01-2013 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whether control grip or hand controller, there were only 9 of these that went to the moon, making them rarer than... moonwalkers!

(...so still pretty sweet stuff.)

Larry McGlynn
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posted 04-01-2013 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Eighteen of the CSM RHC joysticks went to the Moon. There were two units in each CSM for the CDR and CMP.

Great pieces.

chet
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posted 04-01-2013 03:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the clarification, Larry.

(My reference of "only 9" was speaking to the number of CMP handles flown).

Jurvetson
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posted 04-02-2013 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurvetson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As the bidding crosses $60K, I just got the markings on the bottom of this grip (which are different from the hand-written one on the wooden base and the item listing):

S/N 17 10022865-101 94580

The flown Apollo 14 grip has a similar part number:

10022865-101 S/N 7

spkjb
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posted 04-03-2013 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spkjb   Click Here to Email spkjb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
$60K probably did it. (?) Winning bid shows $72K which would be the 60K with 20% BP.

space1
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posted 04-03-2013 07:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To clarify Steve Jurvetson's post, the "flown Apollo 14 grip" he mentions is not the actual flown grip, but a spare unflown grip that NASA had placed on the flown Apollo 14 Rotation Control in my collection. The flown grip would have been given to Ed Mitchell.

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