Flown penlight carried on board Skylab 2. Brass-milled two-cell light measures 5.25″ long, with “ACR FA-5, S/N 2025, Date of Mfg. 2/70,” stamped on the handle. A small swatch of Velcro is affixed on the rim of the lens. In fine condition, with light wear and some scattered areas of tarnishing. Included is a photo of Lousma posing with the flashlight.
Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from astronaut Jack Lousma, which reads, in part: “This is to certify that the accompanying Skylab Two (SL-3) Space Brass Flashlight bearing Part Number ACR FA-5 and Serial Number 2025 was used aboard the Skylab space station…This Brass Flashlight was one of the flashlights used by our crew on the space station, Skylab, during our 59 days mission from July to September, 1973. This flashlight is completely original and contains the actual light assembly used on Skylab. It also has a piece of Velcro attached to prevent the flashlight from floating away in zero gravity…We later included this flashlight from our collection on a presentation plaque to Karl Heinze, who was the principal investigator of an experiment…This brass flashlight…had remained a treasured part of Karl Heinze’s personal space collection as a gift from our crew for over thirty years…This brass flashlight remains both an historic piece of Skylab’s rich history, and a rare example of an astronaut flight-certified artifact from the United States first manned space station.” Provenance: Swann, April 2003. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
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