'Astounding' results lift the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation auction
The charity sale was led by a fantastic item from the collection of Apollo 16 moonwalker Charlie Duke
The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has completed its 2011 Fall Semi-Annual Auction of Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia with results that were described as 'astounding'.
The top lot was a space-flown Apollo 16 Descent Electrical DC Power Schematic Page.
Coming from the personal collection of Apollo 16 moonwalker Charlie Duke, this Lunar Module (LM) Descent Electrical DC Power schematic page is part of the LM Data Book which he carried to the lunar surface aboard Orion in April 1972.
Duke has inscribed and signed the schematic page, "Flown to the lunar surface aboard the Apollo 16 Lunar Module 'Orion,' April 20-23, 1972. Charlie Duke, Apollo 16 LMP."
Labelled "2DES," the page measures 10.5" x 37" and is accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity prepared by Duke on his personal stationary.
The certificate indicates that the crew would use the schematic in the event of an emergency and to troubleshoot system problems while in flight or on the surface at the Descartes Highlands of the Moon.
Ahead of the sale Duke, who is also the ASF's Chairman, commented"Proceeds from the auction fuel an important mission: supporting the bright, young minds who will lead America into new frontiers of science and technology by giving them the means to succeed,
"My fellow astronauts and I are committed to helping the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation in this pursuit, offering our personal mementos, autographs and time to raise vital funds for scholarships."
Whether it was the cause or simply the desirability of the item that spurred bidders on is difficult to be certain of, but the page finally sold for an impressive $7,050.
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