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RR Auction Columbia STS-107 Eight Rare Fully Signed Items

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ncredible collection of eight items fully signed by the crew of the Columbia STS-107 mission, consisting of four photos, two briefings, an employee bulletin, and a vehicle pass. In overall fine to very fine condition. This one-of-a-kind collection has been thoughtfully acquired and meticulously preserved by our consignor, a Space Shuttle program employee.

1. Vibrant color glossy 8 x 10 NASA photo of the mission insignia, number KSC-01PP-1087 STS107-S-001 and for release in May 2001, signed in blue and black felt tip by the full crew: Rick Husband, Willie McCool, Michael Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David Brown, Laurel Clark, and Ilan Ramon. Photo is on Kodak Professional Color paper, with a NASA caption and ‘Meatball’ logo on the reverse, and is an original NASA Kennedy Space Center made photograph, originating from the second floor of NASA’s headquarters building at Kennedy Center, Florida. Signed in person in the consignor’s physical presence inside the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF-3) at Kennedy Space Center. A rare media, not signed in abundance by the STS-107 crew.

2. Color glossy 10 x 8 NASA photo of the crew in their orange space suits, number KSC-01PP-1639 STS107-S-002 and for release in October 2001, signed in blue and black felt tip by all seven. Photo is on Kodak Professional Color paper, with a NASA caption and ‘Meatball’ logo on the reverse, and is an original NASA Kennedy Space Center made photograph, originating from the second floor of NASA’s headquarters building at Kennedy Center, Florida. This is the Kennedy Space Center format release of the STS-107 crew portrait photo, which is not as freely distributed publicly by NASA’s Public Affairs Office. Signed in person in the consignor’s physical presence. This specific media format was not signed in abundance by the STS-107 crew and is possibly one of very few fully signed examples.

3. Color glossy 11 x 8 NASA crew photo, number STS107-S-002 for release on October 3, 2001, signed in black felt tip by each member above their image. Reverse is printed with “NASA 10/3/2001 ORDER NO-2001-4006 IMG 003.” This Johnson Space Center’s high quality, high gloss format release of the STS-107 crew portrait on Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper, and originates from the astronaut office at Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. It was brought to Kennedy Space Center by STS-107 Astronaut CDR Rick Husband personally, and given to the consignor as a thank you for supporting STS-107 activities.

4. Very rare color glossy 11 x 8.5 photo of the flight crew and Vehicle Integration Test Team (VITT), depicting all seven crew members, astronaut Doug Hurley, and 10 Kennedy and Johnson Space Center flight crew support employees in front of the VAB at Kennedy Space Center, signed vertically in black felt tip near their image by all pictured. Photo is on EPSON color photo paper and is one of only 13 VITT photos made and signed for the flight crew support team members.

5. Flight crew briefing entitled “OV-102 L-1 Day—(TCDT-S0017),” 11 x 8.5, 28 pages, signed on the front cover in black felt tip by each crew member beside their name. The cover is printed with first-class brilliant colors and the briefing is very rare media and absolute work of art in itself. Fewer than 100 of these booklets are produced for the briefing held at the Kennedy Space Center prior to the terminal countdown demonstration test (TCDT). For this TCDT event, the Space Shuttle crew flies in from Houston to the Kennedy Space Center for a full launch dress rehearsal; the crew briefing is one of the first crew scheduled events to take place during this two to three day TCDT. Consignor notes that this is one of ten examples that were signed at the STS-107 TCDT meeting. Truly a museum-quality historical space relic, with remarkable insider provenance.

6. Post test briefing produced by NASA’s prime Space Shuttle processing contractor United Space Alliance, printed in full color with color images, entitled “Orbiter/SCA Mate-MDD, STS-107A OV-102,” November 1999, 11 x 8.5, 16 pages, signed on the front cover in blue and black felt tip by the full STS-107 crew. Signed in person inside Kennedy Space Center in the consignor’s physical presence, who notes that it is the only one of its kind signed by the late STS-107 astronauts.

7. Bright fluorescent orange vehicle access placard for Palmdale Plant 42 Site #1, the birth place of Space Shuttle Orbiter OV-102 Columbia, 11 x 8.5, signed at the top in black felt tip by all seven crew members. Signed in person in the consignor’s physical presence. A one-of-a-kind STS-107 crew-signed item and very fitting piece to the lot at large, with a great touch of Columbia history.

8. Color 11 x 8.5 Boeing Space Flight Awareness employee bulletin for a meet-and-greet with the STS-107 crew, February 2001, signed in blue and black felt tip by all seven. Most of these SFA bulletins were only partially crew-signed, due to entire crew not being present for this specific event in California in February 2001. Exhibits some slight brushing to the Brown and Ramon signatures due to lack of drying time before stacking with other items in this lot. A rare media, not signed in abundance by the entire STS-107 crew. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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