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This photograph captures a momentous scene from the Apollo XII mission, taken from the Command Module while orbiting the moon on November 19, 1969. Signed by astronauts Charles "Pete" Conrad, Richard "Dick" Francis Gordon Jr., and Alan LaVern Bean, this image offers an unparalleled view of a lunar crater, immortalizing the second manned mission to the moon. The photograph is inscribed to William "Bill" L. Peters, highlighting his critical role in the mission's success.

The inscription on the photograph acknowledges William "Bill" Peters's indispensable contributions to the Apollo XII mission. As a Mission Operations Control Room engineer specializing in the Lunar Module's telemetry, electrical systems, and EVA mobility units, Peters played a crucial role in overseeing the vital aspects of the mission's success, including life-support and power systems, as well as the astronauts' space suits. His later collaboration with astronaut Jim Kelly in developing the critical checklist for Apollo XIII's Command Service Module re-powering further highlights the depth of his expertise and role in the space program.

The Apollo 12 Mission

Apollo 12 was the sixth crewed flight in the United States Apollo program and the second to land on the Moon. It was launched on November 14, 1969, from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, four months after Apollo 11. Commander Charles "Pete" Conrad and Apollo Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean performed just over one day and seven hours of lunar surface activity while Command Module Pilot Richard F. Gordon remained in lunar orbit. The landing site for the mission was located in the southeastern portion of the Ocean of Storms.

Condition Description
Photograph 10.75 x 14 inches, mounted on a 16 x 20 inches matte board. Signatures somewhat faded.