Playmate Flashback: DeDe Lind Circles the Moon

Posted 1/4/2011 at 5:03 pm by Playboy Staff

DeDe Lind

Playmates are often described as “out of this world,” but Miss August 1967 DeDe Lind took that phrase to a whole new level when one of her pictures accompanied the crew of Apollo 12 on their 1969 voyage to the moon.

As a soft-spoken, rock-n-roll loving blonde beauty who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind about the Vietnam War, DeDe was one of the most popular Playmates of the late ’60s. But her legacy was catapulted into orbit when NASA’s finest decided that she was the perfect girl for space travel.

Before launch, the astronauts had no idea that Lind’s nude calendar photo had jokingly been attached to a locker inside the spacecraft’s command module. Much to his surprise (and enjoyment), Richard Gordon discovered DeDe in the midst of lunar orbit, while fellow astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean got stuck exploring the moon’s surface.

The actual calendar photo that flew aboard Apollo 12 to the moon is about to be auctioned off by RR Auction–bidding starts at $1,000–and one lucky person will take home a unique piece of 1960s pop culture history.

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