Lot #6446
Skylab Sextant

Sextant for the Skylab T002 Manual Navigation experiment
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Estimate: $20000+

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Description

Sextant for the Skylab T002 Manual Navigation experiment

Space sextant designated for use by the astronauts during the T002 Manual Navigation experiment on the second and third Skylab missions, measuring approximately 9 x 7 x 6, with a NASA parts tag on one side, reading: “Handheld Space Sextant, GFAE No. EG25100-2, Serial No. 1A, Mfr. No. B4158000003, Contr. No. NAS2-2706.” Includes a lens and metal carrying case. In fine condition. The sextant was designed to measure the angle between the lines of sight to two known stars, a star and a lunar limb or landmark, or two opposite lunar limbs. In the Skylab T002 experiment this capability was leveraged to investigate the feasibility of a manual navigation system for use in back-up applications and to investigate the capability of the crew to make the necessary celestial observations accurately and with precision under conditions of long term space travel. A superb piece of space-age manual navigation hardware.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space And Aviation Auction
  • Dates: October 13 - October 20