Irwin, James B.


Religious brochure color cover portrait in space suit signed by the 8th Moonwalker


Autograph ID: 6404
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1930-1991) US astronaut, 8th Moonwalker, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, USAF pilot (colonel). Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot for 4th manned moon landing. He was the first, and youngest, Moonwalker to die. Between July 26-Aug. 7, 1971, Irwin logged 295h11m in space. His extravehicular (EVA) on the Moon's surface amounted to 18 hours and 35 minutes of the mission time (an additional 33 minutes was used to do a stand-up EVA by opening the LM's docking hatch to survey the surroundings and take photographs). Irwin & David Scott's mission was more science-based than previous missions, and they received intensive geological training to meet the demanding nature of the J-Mission profile. This extra training is credited with allowing them to make one of the most important discoveries of the Apollo era, the "Genesis Rock". Irwin was 1st automobile passenger on the Moon as Scott drove the Lunar Rover during stay on the Moon was just under 3 days at 66 hours and 54 minutes.
The stronauts' physiological vital signs were being monitored back on Earth, and flight surgeons noticed irregularities in Irwin's heart rhythms; the condition did not appear when he returned to Earth. After the return of Apollo 15 to Earth, it was discovered that, without authority, the crew had taken 398 commemorative First Day Covers to the moon of which 100 were sold to a German stamp dealer, the profits intended to be used to establish trust funds for the crew's children. NASA had turned a blind eye to similar activities on earlier flights but this time the administration reprimanded the astronauts, and they never got any funds from the sales. Irwin had announced his intent to retire from the Air Force and resign from NASA prior to the reprimand. After his 1972 retirement, Irwin founded the High Flight Foundation. He spent the next 20 years as a "Goodwill Ambassador for the Prince of Peace", stating that "Jesus walking on the earth is more important than man walking on the moon". Beginning in 1973, Irwin led several expeditions to Mount Ararat, Turkey in search of the remains of Noah's Ark. In More Than Earthlings, Irwin express his view that the Genesis creation narrative was real, literal history. Irwin suffered at least 3 serious heart attacks. On Aug. 8, 1991, he suffered another heart attack and died later that day. He was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1983 and the US Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1997.

"An Astronaut's Flight Through Life", 5 x 3 4pp folded color High Flight Foundation brochure, cover featuring portrait of Irwin in space suit with hand on lunar globe, signed on front portrait. ”

Type: Signed Brochure

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