Available to US bidders only. One of Endeavour’s white LRSI (Low-temperature Reusable Surface Insulation) tiles, approximately 8 x 7, with NASA identification numbers stencilled on one side, “V070-396042-056,” and stencilled “Scrap.” Accompanied by its non-conforming material tag, filled out in a technician’s hand, as well as a copy of the tile’s discrepancy report noting the tile was “contaminated from thruster.” These tiles would cover the upper wing near the leading edge, as well as selected areas of the forward, mid, and aft fuselage, vertical tail, and the OMS/RCS pods. These tiles protect areas where reentry temperatures are below 1,200 °F, but were later replaced with thermal blankets. RR Auction COA.
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This design was a derivative of the Sokol-K suit, with this model having a transverse zipper at the waist to allow for easier on and off capabilities, as well as making it more customizable to individual cosmonauts’ sizes. Designed as a ‘rescue suit,’ it kept the astronaut alive in case of accidental depressurization of the spacecraft. Suit appears to be complete with helmet, boots, gloves, and cables. A manometer is attached to the upper arm, and several patches are sewn to the upper torso. RR Auction COA.
Color limited edition lithograph titled ‘Naval Aviation in Space,’ 25 x 30, #455/1000, signed in pencil by nine astronauts, all former Naval aviators, representing all of NASA’s space programs. Signers are: Alan Shepard (first American in Space and Apollo 14 Commander/moonwalker), Neil Armstrong (Apollo 11 Commander and first moonwalker), Pete Conrad (Commander of Gemini, Apollo 12 moonwalker, and Skylab missions), Jack Lousma (Skylab astronaut), John Glenn (first American to orbit the earth), Gene Cernan (Commander of Apollo 17 and the Last man on the Moon), Jim Lovell (Commander of Apollo 8, the first flight to/around the moon), Wally Schirra (the only Mercury Astronaut to fly in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs), and Rick Hauck (Commander of the first shuttle flight after the Challenger tragedy), and also signed by the artist, R. L. Rasmussen. Double matted and framed to an overall size of 27 x 35. In fine condition. The signatures represent the first American in space, the first American to orbit the earth, and the first and last men to walk on the moon. The nine astronauts who signed were part of a symposium held at the Naval Aviation Museum in 1989 and the print was originally issued as a fund-raiser. Oversized. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.