Last man on the moon's notes to fetch $800,000 at auction

Last man on the moon Gene Cernon’s handwritten notes from Apollo 17 are set to fetch $800,000 at auction

  • Gene Cernan was the last person to walk on the moon during Apollo 17 in 1972 
  • Notes written by Cernan are set to fetch up to $800,000 at an auction in Boston
  • Notes are in instruction booklet attached to spacesuit, known as a ‘cuff checklist’
  • The cuff checklist also contains a comprehensive guide of the spacecraft’s activity, preparation procedures and simplified maps of traverse routes

Handwritten notes written and spoken by the last man on the moon are set to fetch up to $800,000 at auction.

American astronaut Gene Cernan became the last human to walk on the moon, during NASA’s historic Apollo 17 mission, in 1972.

Cernan wore an instruction booklet attached to his spacesuit, known as a ‘cuff checklist’, during the moon walk, containing hand written crib notes for his famous speech of December 14, 1972.

He delivered these words standing before an American flag on the lunar landscape: ‘I think probably one of the most significant things we can think about when we think about Apollo is that it has opened for us, for ‘us’ being the world, a challenge of the future.

‘The door is now cracked, but the promise of the future lies in the young people, not just in America, but the young people all over the world learning to live and learning to work together.’

Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan on the Moon as part of the Apollo 17 mission. December 1972

Gene Cernan’s Apollo 17 Flown Lunar Surface-Used EVA-3 Cuff Checklist. Estimated to fetch $750,000 at auction 

Gene Cernan’s Apollo 17 Flown Lunar Surface-Used EVA-3 Cuff Checklist. Estimated at $750,000

The cuff checklist, worn by Cernan for the entirety of the mission, also contains a comprehensive guide of the spacecraft’s activity, preparation procedures and simplified maps of traverse routes and landmarks.

Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction, Boston, MA, USA, the firm that is holding the sale between October 8 and 15, said: ‘It is a priceless Apollo artifact that would be the centerpiece of the finest private or institutional collections.

‘It came directly from the estate of Gene Cernan.’

Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, who was the last man to walk on the moon during NASA’s Apollo 17 1972 mission 

Two pieces of the Mercury space capsules that circled the Earth six times on October 3, 1962, are also hitting the auction block for an estimated $60,000 each.

The MA-7 Aurora 7 spacecraft carried astronaut Scott Carpenter around the Earth three times on May 24, 1962.

The MA-8 Sigma 7 spacecraft carried astronaut Wally Schirra around the Earth six times on October 3, 1962.

A rep for RR Auction added: ‘The Sigma 7 shingle is embellished with a hand-painted insignia by Cece Bibby, the first and only woman to ascend the Mercury launch gantry and go inside the ‘white room’ that surrounded the vehicle.’

Over 500 pieces of space memorabilia are also up for grabs, including an Mercury-Atlas 8 Sigma 7 Flown Shingle Painted by Cece Bibby, estimated at $60,000

A full-scale training mock-up of the Multiple Docking Adapter, that was used to train astronauts before their missions, is also on offer with an estimate of $150,000. 

Over 500 pieces of space memorabilia are also up for grabs, including an MIT-built Lunar Traverse Gravimeter, used to measure variations of gravitational acceleration, estimated at $150,000.

Gene Cernan was the eleventh and last person to walk on the moon. He died in Texas in 2017, at the age of 82.

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