OneModelPlace.com members (and countless readers) have always had a fond place in their hearts for Playboy Playmates. But did you know that a former bunny ended up being launched into space aboard Apollo 12 and ended up flying to the moon in 1969?Playboy Playmate August 1967, DeDe Lind.
According to an article on MSNBC.com by Ian O’Neill, model Lind didn’t personally stow away on the Command Module Yankee Clipper, but in the spirit of high jinx, a topless picture of her from a 1969 calendar ended up in a spacecraft locker, unbeknownst to the Apollo crew.
While orbiting the moon, monitoring Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean as they explored the lunar surface below, third crew member Richard Gordon might have been feeling a little lonely. So it was a pleasant surprise to find DeDe’s picture, a mission memento he has treasured for over 40 years, stuck to the back of a cue card with Velcro.
“This cue card, which flew with me to the moon, has been in my sole possession and part of my personal space collection since my return from the moon in 1969 aboard America’s second lunar landing mission, and it remains one of the all-time greatest Apollo era astronaut ‘Gotcha’s!” Gordon describes in paperwork accompanying the calendar page for an upcoming auction.
DeDe’s photo, plus other space memorabilia dating from the early U.S. space program to the shuttle era, are part of a special space auction being held by RR Auctions. Apollo 11 flags signed by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins will also be offered. Bidding is set to begin on Jan. 13.
Read the full article at MSNBC.com