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Paul fraser collectibles

David Scott Autographed Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

£495.00

Paul fraser collectibles

David Scott Autographed Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

PT536

£495.00

David Scott Autographed Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

For Sale: £495.00

David Randolf Scott (1932-) was commander of the Apollo 15 mission, seventh person to walk on the Moon and first person to drive on the Moon. He also holds the title of the last American to fly solo in earth orbit.

Scott was a key player in the "Stamp Incident". He embarrassed NASA by taking 398 commemorative first day covers to the Moon, with the intention of selling them upon his return. 100 were sold to a German stamp dealer. It was intended that the stamps would provide trust funds for the Apollo 15 crew's children.

By trying to profit from the Apollo 15 mission, the crew had breached NASA's rules. An example of was made of Scott and his crew, and none of them flew in space again. The embarrassment did not destroy his career, however, and he became Center Director of NASA's Flight Research Centre, 1975-1977.

This 11" x 7½" printed page features Scott's sweeping diagonal signature on the bottom left corner. The sheet is printed with the details of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, 1963, which was an important step in global diplomatic efforts to end the armaments race between nations.

The treaty prohibited nuclear detonation tests in the atmosphere and underwater in an attempt to preserve the environment, though did allow for testing in underground facilities so long as debris stayed within the boundaries of the nation that was conducting the tests.

The document is in very good condition, with only one tear to a corner, which does not interfere with the autograph or text.