FRESH AND VERY FINE FLOWN COVER FROM THE 1971 APOLLO 15 MOON EXPLORATION.
Apollo 15 was the ninth manned mission in the United States Apollo space program and the fourth to land on the Moon. It was the first of what were termed "J missions", long stays on the Moon, with a greater focus on science than had been possible on previous missions. The mission began on July 26, 1971, and ended on August 7. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_15 ).
According to the American Air Mail Catalogue, Pilot Alfred Worden was authorized to carry 144 covers on the mission. 16 were torn or destroyed and 60 were confiscated by NASA and eventually returned to Worden after litigation.
Accompanied by notarized certificate signed by the three astronauts and dated 1983, confirming this was one of the covers carried to the moon and back. Also with plate block of First Man on Moon stamp signed by Neil Armstrong. Also with July 30, 1971 cacheted cover signed by Irwin