Apollo 14 Lunar Surface flown 35mm film negative carried by mission Commander Alan Shepard. The negative features the image of the first page of the Christian Science Monitor's inaugural issue. Shepard carried 100 of these 35mm negatives to the surface of the moon for the Monitor. The Monitor has since confirmed it still owns "several" of the surface flown negatives and with institutions like the Mary Baker Eddy Library also owning examples the true population available to the collector is significantly smaller.
Following the success of the Apollo 14 mission, each of these 35mm negatives were encased in identical lucite trophies by The Christian Science Board of Directors, which oversees the Monitor's publication.
The film measures 1.5 x 2.5 and is displayed in a small Lucite globe set upon a black base to an overall height of 4.5″. Bottom of the base bears an affixed certificate of authenticity, in full: “This microfilm of the front page of The Christian Science Monitor’s first edition dated November 25, 1908, was taken to the moon on February 5, 1971, aboard Apollo 14. This is one of 100 carried by Captain Alan B. Shepard, commander of the mission.”
Globe is in good condition for its age. Some toning to bottom certification, spotting to the encased film, a small speck of fabric is also suspended in the lucite.
A remarkable investment quality addition to a museum, the executive office, or for the space collector and aviation fan.
Sold as is, as shown.
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