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Item 8250 - Richard Gordon's Apollo 12 Flown Rotational Hand Controller Catalog 581 (Apr 2020)

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Estimate: $50,000.00 +
Sold Price: $56,246.25 (includes buyer's premium)


Richard Gordon’s flown rotational hand controller from the Apollo 12 Command and Service Module (CSM-108) Yankee Clipper, measuring 2.75″ x 4.75″ x 2.5″ overall, with affixed “Class III, Not For Flight” label and underside of base marked with part numbers: “S/N 16, 10022865-101, 94580.” The controller, with trigger switch, is secured to a walnut 4.75″ x 8″ x 1″ base with upper and lower plaques, “Apollo 12, Nov. 14-24, 1969” and “Rotational Hand Controller,” with handwritten notation to underside: “RG, 93-002b.” This spring-loaded hand controller was used to control pitch, roll, and yaw while Gordon navigated in lunar orbit. In fine condition.

Accompanied by a copy of the Test Preparation Sheet for the “CM 108 Hand Controllers” of the “Flight Control System,” dated February 9, 1970, which identifies the case as “ASHUR [Apollo Spacecraft Hardware Utilization Request] 108047, Post-flight review of hand controllers.” In the description field, three follow-up steps are listed: “1. Remove from Bonded Storage, Building 4, Room 191, the following controllers (Handles only), a. Translational controller, P/N 95762-2, one each, b. Rotational controller, P/N 10022865-101, two each. / 2. Downgrade hand controllers to non-flight hardware. / 3. Release for local delivery to Mr. Kenneth S. Kleinknecht, Room 757, Building 2.”

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