Created By The Mercury 7 Astronauts
This FLOWN anodized plug, from the personal collection of the late Bill Pogue, served as an ornament on the first Christmas tree in space. This is the final ornament in the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's collection.
Skylab 4 Commander Jerry Carr, Science Pilot Ed Gibson and Pilot Pogue constructed the "tree" from their available resources on the Skylab space station, including food cans and plastic tubes. Other smaller items served as ornaments to complete the decoration. The tree appeared on a Christmas Eve transmission from the orbiting space station.
This "ornament" is an anodized plug removed from a urine collection bag before the bag was installed in the urine collector. It measures approximately 1' and is threaded with string for hanging.
The lot is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Executive Director Tammy Knowles.
ASF reserves the right to disqualify the high bidder, to reject the high bid, and to accept a bid from a lower bidder, for any reason within their discretion, which shall be exercised in good faith.
Bidding on this lot opens on November 1, 2014 at 09:00 AM EDT.
Proceeds benefit the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Winning bid amounts over fair market value should be considered a donation and therefore are tax deductible.