Alan Bean's limited edition flown thermal tile segment from the Space Shuttle Orbiter 'Columbia' (STS-1), measuring .5 x .5 x .5 and encased in rectangular 3.75 x 2.75 x 1 block of Lucite with a NASA presentation card, numbered 761, issued to "Alan L. Bean," which reads: "In appreciation of your steadfast support of the Space Shuttle program which helped Columbia's flight become a successful reality." Reverse of the card features the STS-1 mission insignia with upper caption: "This is a segment of a thermal tile which protected the Space Shuttle Orbiter 'Columbia' (STS-1) from the heat of reentry on its first flight April 12-14, 1981." Both the top and bottom of the Lucite display are signed in black felt tip by Bean. In fine condition. From the personal collection of Alan Bean and accompanied by a signed letter of provenance.
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