Flown sterling silver Jewish necklace carried into space on the Apollo 9 mission, with a .75″ mezuzah charm suspended from the 23″ long chain. In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity from McDivitt, in full: “I certify that this silver Mezuzah necklace was flown onboard Apollo 9 on her flight in March, 1969. It is from my personal collection.” The mezuzah is a parchment inscribed with Hebrew verses from the Torah and contained in a decorative case. While this case is sealed and thus not possible to verify the contents, it would traditionally hold the rolled piece of parchment with the verses of the Shema prayer. The mezuzah is affixed to the doorframe of Jewish homes in order to fulfill the mitzvah, or Biblical commandment, to have the prayer on the doorpost of the house. There were no Jewish astronauts on Apollo, and as far as we can ascertain this is the only known Jewish religious artifact ever to fly on an Apollo mission. A truly remarkable and stunning piece.
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Flown Series 1963 two-dollar bill carried on board Gemini IV in 1965. Two-dollar bill is signed on the portrait side in green felt tip, “Flown on Gemini IV, Jim McDivitt CMDR.” Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Novaspace, signed by McDivitt, which reads, in part, “I certify that this $2 bill…was flown aboard Gemini IV in 1965. It is from my personal collection.” In very fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Incredible color glossy 10 x 8 ‘red-numbered’ NASA photo of the ‘meatball’ insignia, signed in felt tip and ballpoint by 26 astronauts, including 11 moonwalkers. Signers are: Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt, John Young, Charlie Duke, Dave Scott, Jim Irwin, Edgar Mitchell, Alan Shepard, Alan Bean, Charles Conrad, Michael Collins, Tom Stafford, James Lovell, Gordon Cooper, Frank Borman, Al Worden, Fred Haise, Wally Schirra, Rusty Schweickart, Walt Cunningham, Richard Gordon, Scott Carpenter, Stuart Roosa, Jim McDivitt, and Ken Mattingly, as well as the first director of the Manned Spacecraft Center, Robert R. Gilruth. In fine condition, with a crease to the lower left corner, affecting none of the signatures. An outstanding photo packed with signatures that represent nearly every program and facet of NASA’s early years. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.