This document, reprinted for reference only, appears as originally issued by NASA in August 1972
NASA MANAGEMENT INSTRUCTION
Effective Date: Aug. 31, 1972
Effective Date: Aug. 31, 1972
1. PURPOSE: This Instruction establishes policy, procedures and responsibilities governing the selection, approval, packing, post-flight disposition and public announcement of articles authorized to be carried on manned space flight missions.
2. DEFINITIONS: The two types of kits containing articles and items authorized to be carried on manned space flight missions are defined as:
- Official Flight Kit (OFK) - contains selected multiple items such as flags, patches, medallions and other memorabilia to be presented to government officials, members of the Congress and others who receive such gifts as a result of individual contributions to the space program as determined by the Administrator. Stamps or postal covers may be included only if sponsored by NASA or another government agency.
3. POLICY: It is NASA policy that:
- Articles authorized to be carried on manned space flight missions shall be limited to those items approved by the Administrator or his designee for inclusion in the OFK and the individual APKs in accordance with the provisions of this Instruction.
4. WEIGHT LIMITATIONS:
- Apollo Program: The OFK will be carried in the Command and Service Module. The total weight of this kit shall not exceed 53.5 pounds per mission. The APKs to be carried onboard the Lunar Module shall be limited to 0.5 pounds per astronaut or a total weight of 1.5 pounds.
5. SELECTION AND APPROVAL OF ARTICLES:
- Official Flight Kit: The Director, Manned Spacecraft Center shall suggest the list of items for inclusion in the OFK and submit the list, together with weight data, through the AA/MSF for final selection by the Administrator.
- Each flight astronaut shall prepare a list of items proposed for his APK, including quantities and the proposed recipients. He shall ensure that it conforms to the policy in this Instruction and will certify that it is a complete list. The list shall be signed by the flight astronaut and submitted with the certification shown in Attachment A to the Director, Flight Crew Operations, MSC for his review not less than 60 days prior, to the scheduled launch date.
6. PREFLIGHT PACKAGING AND STORAGE OF KIT: The Apollo Spacecraft Program Manager, MSC or his designee shall ensure that the OFK and the APKs are packaged and sealed in his presence in accordance with appropriate program directives, that they correspond with the approved lists of contents, and that the kits are placed in bonded storage not less than 21 days prior to the scheduled launch date. He shall certify in writing through the Director, MSC to the AA/MSF that this procedure has been completed.
7. PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS:
- Official Flight Kit: The contents of the OFK for a given mission will he announced by the Administratoror his designee as appropriate.
- The contents of the APKs for a given mission may be announced by the astronaut or his designee at a time of his choosing subsequent to the approval of the contents by the AA/MSF. However, items that have not been announced publicly cannot be divulged in personal stories by a flight astronaut. In any event, the list of items shall be made public by NASA within 30 days after completion of the flight.
8. DISPOSITION OF ARTICLES:
- The Director, Flight Operations, MSC shall ensure the removal of the kits from the spacecraft after recovery and the safekeeping and return of the OFK and the APKs to the Director, Flight Crew Operations, MSC immediately following the mission.
9. INITIAL CERTIFICATION: Upon issuance of this instruction, each astronaut shall certify in writing that he has read and will comply with the provisions of this instruction. Such certification shall be maintained in his personnel file and shall be updated upon his assignment to a crew.