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Stunning cutaway model of the N1 moon rocket, a super heavy-lift launch vehicle that served as the Soviet rival to NASA’s Saturn V and was intended to enable crewed travel to Earth's Moon and beyond. Constructed of sundry parts metal and plastic, the model stands a lofty 24.5″in height and is set upon a metallic base 6″in diameter, which bears an engraved Cyrillic inscriptio…

Sold For: $25,285 (w/BP) Auction #588 - July 16, 2020 View Details

Uncommon transmission print of the surface of the moon taken from Lunar Orbiter 1 on August 23, 1966, consisting of six glossy photographic panels taped together on the reverse to an approximate overall size of 41″ x 17.5″. Rolled and in very good condition, with overall creasing, a tear to the left edge, old tape to border and reverse, areas of emulsion loss, and curling to vertical …

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Exceptional collection of five reels of microfilm containing the photographs of the moon's surface taken by Lunar Orbiters 1-5 in 1966-1967. The leaders note: "Microfilmed by National Space Science Data Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771." Each reel is contained in its original cardboard box, stamped with the address of the National Space Science Data Center and id…

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Thruster nozzle from the Reaction Control System (RCS) of a North American X-15 rocket-powered plane, which was located in the nose of the aircraft: the hydrogen peroxide thrust rockets on the nose provided pitch and yaw control, while those on the wings provided roll control. A system based on this innovative design would be used decades later on the Space Shuttle. The piece measures 5″ ta…

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Two items: a TLS, signed "Virgil I. Grissom," one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, August 1, 1961, addressed to Howard Sharpe, in full: "Thank you for your congratulations and thoughtfulness. The people of the United States, indeed the entire free world, are very happy and proud because of our successful space flight. Project Mercury is planning for more flights in the future. Let us hope that su…

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Vintage 9.5 x 13.25 paperstock photo of the launch of the LGM-30A Minuteman-I rocket from Cape Canaveral on February 1, 1961, signed and inscribed in ballpoint, "Best regard to Brian Wilson, May you continue your interest in the knowledge of space, Virgil I. Grissom," "Best regards to Brian Wilson, from the Mercury Astronauts—John H. Glenn, Jr.," and "Warmest regards to Brian Wilson—A…

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Collection of 23 vintage glossy NASA photographs from the Mercury program, ranging in size from 5 x 7.5 to 10.5 x 8, documenting the crew, the personnel, the spacecraft, and other notable events that helped spearhead America’s first manned space missions. The assemblage includes eight black-numbered examples, with the reverse of seven bearing NASA caption text or stamps; of the unnumbered e…

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Scarce hand-drawn technical diagram by Deke Slayton on an off-white 17 x 11 sheet, titled and signed along the bottom in pencil, "Bolts, Nuts, and Screws, Scale - Full, May 20 1947, University of Minnesota, Drawing 2-3B, D. K. Slayton." After being discharged from the Army, Slayton studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Minnesota. Here, he drafts a series of technical drawings of b…

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Scarce circa mid-1940s hand-drawn technical diagram by Alan Shepard on an off-white 12.75 x 9 sheet, signed in the upper right corner in pencil, "A. B. Shepard, Jr." Dating to his time in the Navy while attending a summer term course at Annapolis in 1945, Shepard drafts a sketch of a circular part, showing the top, bottom, and a cross-section view. In fine condition.

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Official color glossy 10.5 x 8.25 NASA photo of the Gemini 3 crew of John Young and Gus Grissom carrying their portable ventilation units prior to their mission, signed in blue ballpoint by Young and in black felt tip by Grissom. Reverse bears "A Kodak Paper" watermarks and a McDonnell Aircraft Corporation stamp. In fine condition, with some small creases along the top edge. On March 23, 1965, Yo…

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Playful color satin-finish 8 x 10 photo of Conrad and Cooper onboard the recovery ship USS Lake Champlain after the successful splashdown of their Gemini 5 mission, signed in blue felt tip, "You need a shave! Charles Conrad, Jr.," and in black felt tip, "Maybe tomorrow! Gordon Cooper." In fine condition. Originates from the Leon Ford Collection.

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Official color 8 x 10 NASA lithograph of John Young in a formal pose, signed in blue ballpoint, "Best regards, John Young." In very good to fine condition, with a horizontal bend lightly running through the signature and another crease above Young's head.

Sold For: $1,553 (w/BP) Auction #588 - July 16, 2020 View Details

Collection of 66 vintage glossy NASA photographs from the Gemini program, each approximately 8 x 10 and 10 x 8, documenting the crew, the personnel, the spacecraft, and other notable events from America’s second manned space program. The assemblage includes 29 black-numbered examples (five in color); 18 red-numbered (all color, mostly images of Earth); 14 unnumbered; and five blue-numbered …

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Flown crew-member Constant Wear Garment (CWG) Adapter used on the Apollo 7 mission, measuring approximately 17″ long, marked on one end: "V36-715103-11, 06362AAH0595." After the flight, the adapter was redesignated/repurposed by NASA after on-orbit use for ground test application(s), and is now marked "Ground Test Only" on the side. The adapter was used to connect the communications soft ha…

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Collection of four mock-up components associated with the Apollo Command Module Block 1 and Block 2, including: an oxygen test port bleed system linkage, engraved on the reverse, "R16-333059-3, Mock-Up 28"; a crew ingress/egress handle, marked on the back of the base, "3 Mar '66, V36-311060-1"; a main display push panel cover, marked on the reverse, "V36-761085-61"; and three pieces of an Apo…

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Collection of six Beta cloth bags and assemblies from the Apollo and Skylab programs, including: two Apollo Command Module developmental Beta cloth bags, one marked "Chlorine Injector"; an Apollo Command Module Beta cloth temporary storage pouch assembly featuring a Velcro-secured elastic band at the top of the pouch and corners are mounted to metal brackets; a Skylab/ASTP M071/M073 Sample Return…

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Collection of thirteen Apollo Command Module Block 1 and Block 2 mock-up control panel components, primarily consisting of electroluminescent overlays. The Apollo spacecraft saw the first application of electroluminescent lighting, which generated a blue glow that allowed astronauts to sleep or run exercises that required low light within the module. This grouping includes a mock-up audio control…

Sold For: $1,524 (w/BP) Auction #588 - July 16, 2020 View Details

Collection of twelve Apollo Command Module Block 1 and Block 2 mock-up control panel components, primarily consisting of electroluminescent overlays. The Apollo spacecraft saw the first application of electroluminescent lighting, which generated a blue glow that allowed astronauts to sleep or run exercises that required low light within the module. This grouping includes a fuse panel with glued-o…

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Group of six pieces of Apollo hardware: Apollo CSM SPS Cryogenic Hose used in the propellant pressurization system (helium), comprising several flexible braided metal hoses connected via stiff piping, marked on a metal tag: "ME271-0091-0078, Rev. A-03, MBC P/N 73622-018, Rev. D, S/N 16519-003, 180 PSI Proof, 2-76." Late model Apollo Command Module electrical wiring cover used to protect cables …

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Test-fired Rocketdyne SE-8 rocket engine for an Apollo Command Module Reaction Control System (RCS) bi-propellant thrust chamber assembly manufactured in the first quarter of 1964, weighing 9.3 lbs, measuring 11.25″ in height and 5″ in diameter, with dual wiring extending to approximately 36″ in length. The Rocketdyne label, which features considerable wear and tear, reads, in p…

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Talkback indicator—commonly called a 'barber pole' due to its black-and-white stripes—for the Apollo Lunar Module, measuring 1.75″ x 1″ x .5″, sealed in its Grumman packaging with "Read Before Opening" tags. An affixed Honeywell parts tag reads: "Flag Display Indicator, Mfr Part No. JG913A2, Series 5, Serial No. 238, Part No. LSC350-80404-09, Contract No. NAS…

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Beta cloth Buddy Secondary Life Support System (BSLSS) stowage bag personally used by Commander Alan Shepard during training for the Apollo 14 mission. The bag measures 15 x 11.5 and has a side flap cover with snap closure, as well as an upper strap, 33.5″ in length, with looped locking hardware at each end. In fine condition. First used on Apollo 14, the Buddy Secondary Life Support System…

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Flown thruster rocket engine deinstalled from Lunar Landing Training Vehicle 952 (LLTV #3) following its application on multiple flights, documented with an operational (engine run) time of 2 hours, 11 minutes and 27 seconds. The engine measures approximately 9″ x 7″ x 5″, and is stamped on the propellant inlet: "LLRV S/N 2." This serial number pertains to the motor, ra…

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Apollo-era rubidium calibration clock likely used by NASA to calibrate timing reference sources, measuring approximately 7.5 x 7 x 17.5 , featuring a 24-hour Patek Philippe face surrounded by a large second-dial, "Loop Null" and "Battery Current" indicators below, a fine-tuning knob, and multiple switches. Inputs for multiple frequencies line the top of the unit. A NASA/Goddard Space Flight Cent…

Sold For: $6,500 (w/BP) Auction #588 - July 16, 2020 View Details