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U.S. 50 Star Apollo 14 Flag - EVA Moon Flag 1971.

Sub-collection: Space & Lunar

Apollo 14 - EVA Moon Flag displayed on Lunar surface and returned to Earth 1971.
Apollo 14 - 50 Star, EVA Moon Flag, one of four known flags exposed to the lunar atmosphere and subsequently returned to Earth. The dimensions of this flag are 12" X 18", which is certainly larger than the 4" X 6" patches, nevertheless likewise known as 'flags', that were taken into lunar orbit aboard the Command Module. Other patches of the same size (4" X 6") were stored on the Lunar Landing Modular (LM) that touched the moon's surface but were never taken out onto the actual surface of the moon (EVA). Only this and one other flag currently on Earth were taken out of the LM by Alan Shepard, the second human and the first American in Space, and on to the surface of the moon (this of course excludes those left behind from Apollo missions 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17). The second flag was on the same Apollo 14 flight to the moon and it also was taken by Alan Shepard as a set of 2 flags. It can be said the two flags which Alan Shepard took to the lunar surface were the largest flags to touch the surface of the moon and then return to Earth.

Alan Shepard took this flag to the moon at the request of Brad Washburn, Director of the Museum of Science in Boston, after which it was bequeathed to Jack Naylor, who subsequently sold it to the Zaricor Flag Collection at Guernsey auction in NYC in the autumn of 2007.

There were numerous flags prepared in packages ranging in amounts of up to 100 flags and representing the member states of the UN (plus the states in the union of the United States, at a count of approximately 100 US flags alone). All of these flags measured 4" X 6" and were on each of the seven missions to the moon (Apollo 13 failed to land due to a technical malfunction and returned safely to earth - see ZFC2518). Those flags were subsequently distributed upon their return to earth and precise details about them are widely known.

The size of all the flags carried in the mission kit was approximately 4" X 6", with the exception of the two Shepard flags which measure 12" X 18". The primary mission flags' designated purpose was to be planted on the surface of the moon, and they tended to measure 2.5' X 4' to 3' X 5' depending on the mission. More research could potentially yield more flags, as we know that besides the official flags of the Apollo 11 mission, there were also "two large" U.S. flags indicated on the mission kit-list; however no details as to size or purpose are specified in the mission inventory.

Thus, this Apollo 14 flag, which Alan Shepard took for his friend to the moon in January 1971 and post-marked with the treads of the lunar Mobile Equipment Transporter, is one of the only flags to be displayed on the surface of the moon and subsequently returned to earth. A unique and, truly, a celestial flag.

Exhibition History:
The Naylor Collection
Boston, MA

University of California - Santa Cruz
Board of Councilors Meeting, Rare Flags Exhibit
Santa Cruz, CA
7 June 2012


Provenance:
• This flag was acquired through purchase by Bradford Washington, Director of the Museum of Science, of Boston, MA, in 1971.
• Conveyed to Capt. Alan Sheppard who transported the flag to the Moon's surface in the Lunar Module Antares during the Apollo 14 Mission, 1971.
• It was re-conveyed to Bradford Washington after the mission, 1971.
• It was sold to Jack Naylor of Boston, MA, who displayed it in his private collection, 1992.
• Sold via Guernsey's Auctions of New York City, to the Zaricor Flag Collection in 2007.


Sources:



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http://historical.ha.com/c/press-release.zx?releaseId=1394

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http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-070410a.html

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FLOWN IN SPACE, Astronaut Central, 7 November 2011, from:
http://www.astronautcentral.com/SINGLES/Flown.html

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Apollo 14, Wikipedia, 7 November 2011, from:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_14

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Image Credits:
Zaricor Flag Collection
Museum of Science in Boston
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Hoist & Fly

Width of Hoist 12
Length of Fly 18

Union/Canton

Width of Union/Canton 6.25
Length of Union/Canton 7.5

Stars

Comments on Star Measurements 6-5-6-5-6-5-6-5-6
Size of Stars 0.25

Stripes

Width of 1st Stripe 0.875
Width of 3rd Stripe 0.875
Width of 8th Stripe 0.875
Width of Last Stripe 1
Size of Hoist 0

Frame

Is it framed? yes
Frame Height 18
Frame Length 26

Stars

Number of Stars 50
How are the stars embeded? Printed
Are there stars on obverse? yes
Are there stars on reverse? no

Stripes

Number of Stripes 13
Color of Top Stripe Red
Color of Bottom Stripe Red
Has a Blood Stripe? no

Nationality

Nation Represented United States

Stitching

Stitching Machine

Weave

Type of Weave Plain

Attachment

Comments on Method of Attachmen Flag is mounted and framed

Applica

Applique Sides Single Faced = Mirror Image Reverse

PDF Files
Gallery Copy
Media PDF
Silent Witnesses to History

Documentation

Documents
Letter Shebard to Washburn

Letter Shebard to Washburn

ZFC2595 - Letter Washburn to Naylor

ZFC2595 - Letter Washburn to Naylor

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Condition

Condition Excellent
Damage Used once, like new.
Displayable yes

Date

Date 1971

Exhibits

Exhibition Copy University of California - Santa Cruz
Board of Councilors Meeting, Rare Flags Exhibit
Santa Cruz, CA
7 June 2012

Santa Cruz, CA, June 7, 2012: The Zaricor Flag Collection exhibited 34 flags and artifacts at the University of California Santa Cruz Campus for the Board of Councilors Meeting.

U.S. 50 Star Apollo 14 Flag
First Flag to Moon and
Return to Earth

Date: 1971

Media: Printed rayon, paper & cardboard.

Comment: This 50 Star United States Flag is one of only two flags placed on
the lunar surface and returned to Earth. Astronaut Captain Alan Shepard, USN
took the flag to the lunar surface in the Apollo 14 Lunar Module, during the
third successful lunar landing, at the request of his friend, Mr. Brad Washburn,
Director of the Museum of Science in Boston, MA.
Director Washburn eschewed the small U.S. flags traditionally carried in the
Apollo missions Official Flight Kits, and wanted to acquire a large Moon flown U.S.
flag for his museum. He provided two large, private purchase, United States flags to
Capt. Shepard, carried these, along with a Wilson six-iron golf club head intended
for some lunar golf, in his Personal Preference Kit.
During one of the periods of Extra Vehicular Activity, he was able to display
this flag on the surface of the Moon, and for posterity, "post-mark" the flag from
the Moon by creasing it with the Apollo 14 Mobile Equipment Transporter (MET)
tires, which created the undulations seen on the flag.
Thus, this and the 2nd Apollo 14 flag, which Alan Shepard took for his
friend to the Moon in January 1971 and post-marked this flag with the treads
of the lunar MET, are the only flags to be displayed on the surface of the moon
and then returned to earth. This is a truly celestial flag from one of the greatest
astronauts of the time.

Provenance: Acquired in 2007 by the Zaricor Flag Collection (ZFC2521), from
The Naylor Collection, who acquired it from Brad Washburn who had provided it
to Alan Shepard; via Guernsey's Auctions, New York, New York.
www.FlagCollection.com