Lot #9503
Space Shuttle Columbia Flown Insulator Piece

Flown “over 13.8 million miles in space after 550 Earth orbits”
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Description

Flown “over 13.8 million miles in space after 550 Earth orbits”

Available to US bidders only. Flown large insulator piece last flown on Space Shuttle Columbia mission STS-94, July 1–17, 1997, 16 x 15, lengthily signed and flight-certified in black felt tip by astronaut Donald Thomas, “An important part of a great spaceship that made my journeys as a Shuttle Columbia astronaut possible; Flow hi-temp. insulator from STS-65, 83, & 94. Over 13.8 million miles in space after 550 Earth orbits in 34+ days! Donald Thomas, Mission Specialist 4/3.” Includes the original parts tag, identifying the piece as a “Fwd insulator” removed from “OV102” to be scrapped. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted space collector Ken Havekotte, noting that this was potentially installed in the Columbia as early as its first flight in 1981. A superb oversized piece with excellent provenance. Pre-certified Zarelli Space Authentication.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space and Aviation Auction
  • Dates: #463 - Ended October 22, 2015





This item is Pre-Certified by STEVE ZARELLI
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