THOMAS P. STAFFORD'S signed provenance display letter reads: “The United States flag displayed below was flown to the Moon on Apollo X during May 18-26, 1969. I was commander of this mission which tested critical flight maneuvers that would enable Apollo 11 to make the first lunar landing just two months later in July 1969. I carried this flag inside our Lunar Module named ‘Snoopy’ where Gene Cernan and I approached within 50,000 feet of the lunar surface.
Just prior to the beginning of the Apollo X re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere on May 26, John Young, Gene, and I – as well as this flag - established the all-time record for the highest speed ever flown by man — 24,791 nautical miles per hour. Therefore, this flag is one of the fastest flown space artifacts to exist from the Apollo Program. This speed record will not be broken until an astronaut crew returns from a mission to Mars sometime during the twenty-first century.”
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