A document from the University of Michigan’s alumni association
All three members of the Apollo 15 crew—James Irwin, David Scott, and Alfred Worden—had ties to the University of Michigan. (These are the toughest colleges to get into in each state.) Irwin and Worden each earned two master’s degrees there and Scott studied mechanical engineering at the school for a year until transferring to West Point. To honor that, the trio decided to establish a “lunar branch” of the university’s alumni association, according to Michigan Daily. They left a document explaining the branch, which reads: “The Alumni Association of The University of Michigan. Charter Number One. This is to certify that The University of Michigan Club of The Moon is a duly constituted unit of the Alumni Association and entitled to all the rights and privileges under the Association’s Constitution.”
A golden olive branch
Many of the objects left on the moon are symbols of peace, and the golden olive branch left behind by the crew of Apollo 11 was no different. According to NASA, “the gesture represented a wish for peace for all mankind.” The trinket is less than a half foot in length. This is the dark, untold story about the origin of the peace sign.