Apollo 15 Flown to the Lunar Surface Secret Flag and License Plate

Both Items Carried Across the Lunar Surface on all 3 EVAs
Flag Hidden by Technician in Dave Scott's Oxygen Purge System
License Plate Carried in Dave Scott's Space Suit Pocket
Includes a Dave Scott signed Photo
Comes Directly from the Personal Collection of Apollo 15 Commander Dave Scott

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The Flag and License Plate in this limited edition presentation numbered 5/10 are some of the most rare, unusual and highly desirable items Moonpans has ever offered for sale. There is a hierarchy to flown in space collectables, going from flown to Earth Orbit, to flown to Lunar Orbit, to flown to the Lunar Surface. But the flag and License Plate in this presentation went beyond being flown to the Lunar Surface, to actually being carried across the Lunar Surface during all three Apollo 15 EVAs. The License Plate was carried in the knee pocket of Dave Scott's Lunar EVA Suit and the flag inside Commander Dave Scott's OPS (Oxygen Purge System System). Plus, what makes the flag even more special is that Scott's OPS unit was worn by Al Worden during his Deep Space EVA, between the Earth and the Moon making 4 EVAs in total.

The OPS Flags

Several of these mini US Flags each measuring 2.75 x 1.5 inches, were hidden before the mission by an unknown engineer in a beta cloth pouch inside a metal bracket within Dave Scott's OPS unit, which was located on top of the PLSS (Portable Life Support System).

It wasn't until after the mission, that the secret stash of flags were discovered and eventually handed to Dave Scott.

Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Scott, also numbered 5/10, describing in detail the history of each piece. In part: "I hereby certify that the small beta-cloth US flag…was carried inside a beta-cloth package mounted on an internal structural bracket of an Apollo 15 Oxygen Purge System (OPS) for three days of EVA excursions during Apollo 15, the first extended exploration of the Moon, July 26-August 7, 1971. The OPS, including this small beta cloth US flag, was attached to the top of the Portable Life Support System (PLSS) on the lunar surface such that in the event of a PLSS failure, the OPS flow provides 30 minutes of breathing oxygen to the crewman…Several weeks after Apollo 15, this OPS Bracket and Flag Package were shown to me by NASA senior management. According to management, a member of the JSC Crew Systems Division (CSD) had prepared the flags and secretly stowed them…I was given the OPS bracket and package of flags.

Image showing the OPS and the location where the small flags were hidden

The License Plates

The miniature metal Lunar Rover license plate, 'LRV 001'…was carried on Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) No. 1 for three days of surface exploration…In commemoration of the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), the first vehicle to be driven on another world, Scott designed and had produced this small LRV-001 license plate for use as a presentation memento after the mission to the Moon. This license plate was carried in the pocket of Scott's Apollo A7L-B EVA Spacesuit as the crew drove 'LRV-001' 27.76 km across the Hadley Apennine region of the Moon during approximately 19 hours of three lunar surface EVAs The presentation also comes with a signed 6x4 inch photo of Dave Scott driving the Rover on the Moon.

Overall size of frame is 13.75 x 16.75 inches, Flag measures 2.75 x 1.5 inches, License Plate 1.3 x .8 inches, photo measures 6 x 4 inches.

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Close up of the Flag and License Plate

Close up of the bottom plaque and signed photo

Dave Scott's signed and numbered COA

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