Autograph letter, with signature and lower edge cut off and not present, one page, 8.25 x 10, on colorful Jeet Kune Do letterhead, no date, but September 1966. Lee writes to his prized student Taky Kimura. In full: “Thank you very much for letter plus dues. The first national rating of ‘Green Hornet’ was indeed not good; however, ABC and the Greenway Production are not too worry about it. The main reason of such low rating is due to the fact that Friday nites audiences are like half of the rest of the other days. Tuesday has the highest rate of viewers. When the national rating was set up, our low percentage of viewers was not considered.
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Saturn V Launch Vehicle Digital Computer (LVDC) Memory Module, measuring 6 x 5.75 x 5.25, produced by IBM under NASA contract number NAS 8-11561. The module is a self-contained assembly with memory timing, drive, inhibit and sensing circuits arranged around the core array for use in the LVDC. It has a capacity of 4,096 word locations (28 bits each) of primary storage, and up to eight of these modules could be grouped together for an overall capacity of 32KB. The modules could be operated in either a simplex or duplex mode, as determined by the Memory Control Elements; in simplex, the system utilized its full memory capacity, while duplex mode only used half of the available space but in duplicate to provide redundancy in case of failure. In fine condition.
Official NASA color 10 x 8 semi-glossy photo of the Apollo 17 crew in their white space suits, signed in felt tip, “Harrison H. Schmitt,” “Ron Evans,” and “Gene Cernan.” In fine condition. A choice, uninscribed example, which Space expert Ken Havekotte notes was signed preflight. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.
Flown commercial satellite Apogee Rocket Motor Assembly from the Palapa B2 satellite, retrieved from space by the shuttle Discovery during the STS-51-A mission. Assembly, serial number 31, with its graphite closure measures approximately 30″ tall with a nozzle diameter of approximately 23.″ This assembly flew in space for over 119 million miles until it became the focus of the first ever satellite rescue mission. A small Morton Thiokol label is affixed to the included rectangular metal collar, and reads: “Project Name: Star 30 Palapa / Subject: Retrieval S/N 031 / Photo Date: 7/28/88 / Test Description: Dis-assembly.” In fine condition, with expected wear from firing.
Launched from shuttle mission STS-41B in February of 1984, the Palapa B failed to achieve geosynchronous orbit due to a design flaw of this very assembly. After its failed deployment, the satellite was purchased by Sattel Technologies which contracted NASA to retrieve it on the November 1984 STS-51-A shuttle mission. Sattel also contracted Hughes Aircraft Company and McDonnell Douglas to refurbish and relaunch the satellite. After its recovery, Thiokol corporation de-integrated this nozzle assembly from the Apogee Kick Motor (AKM) with its graphite closure for analysis. An historically significant artifact from the first ever satellite recovered and returned to space. This is an export controlled item.
Bidding for the Space and Aviation Auction opens Apr 16, 2015 & ends Apr 23, 2015
Flown sterling silver Apollo 10 Robbins Medal, approximately 1.25 x 1.25, with a raised design on the face of the mission insignia and the last names of crew members Tom Stafford, John Young, and Gene Cernan. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved “May 18–26, 1969” and serial numbered “106.” Condition is mint state, with some expected light surface wear to reverse. Accompanied by a 2013 letter of authenticity from Apollo 10 CMP John Young, which reads: “I hereby certify that Apollo 10 silver Robbins Medal, serial number 106, was flown to the moon with me aboard the mission May 18-26, 1969 and has been a part of my personal collection since the mission.” Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Edison Botanic Research Corporation business check, 8.5 x 3, filled out in another hand and signed by Edison with his prominent ‘umbrella’ signature, “Thos A. Edison,” payable to J. R. Miller for $80.00, stamp-dated June 19, 1926. Attractively cloth-matted and framed with a color portrait of Edison to an overall size of 15.25 x 22.25. In fine condition, with cancellation holes to center, lightly affecting first half of signature. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Original 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite portrait of Darwin by Elliott & Fry, circa 1874, signed below the image in black ink, “Ch. Darwin.” Printed text on the reverse [now concealed by the frame] reads: “Elliot & Fry, 55, Baker Street, Portman Square. W.” Beautifully archivally triple-cloth-matted and framed with an engraved plaque to an overall size of 12 x 17.5.
In 1874, Darwin published the second—and finally complete—edition of his second book on evolutionary theory, The Descent of Man. This exceptionally rare pose features Darwin with his arms crossed—cartes-de-visite typically seen from this sitting with Elliott & Fry are a slightly different pose where his arms are not visible. This is a perfect example of one of a handful of known signed Darwin cartes-de-visite.