Created By The Mercury 7 Astronauts
This approximately 1" x 1" segment of Kapton foil flew in space as part of CM-111, the Apollo command module used during the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP). It is affixed to a certificate which has been hand-signed and numbered by astronaut Tom Stafford, the spacecraft commander and a veteran of three prior space flights. This certificate is one in a series of 30.
The Kapton, gold on one side, silver on the other, is a pressure-sensitive polyimide tape which was affixed to the spacecraft's exterior as part of the vehicle's thermal protection sub-system. As such, it flew 136 earth orbits during the historic mission. It was removed from the spacecraft after splashdown.
On July 15, 1975, a Soyuz spacecraft with its two-man Soviet crew of Alexei Leonov and Valeri Kubasov was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (USSR). Approximately seven hours later, the Apollo Command/Service Module was launched from the Kennedy Space Center with its three-man U.S. crew of Stafford, Donald "Deke" Slayton and Vance Brand. This cooperative effort between the United States and the Soviet Union resulted in the first international rendezvous and docking in space on July 17, 1975. The collaboration required for the mission, as well as the planning and training that made it possible, was symbolized by the photograph of the first international handshake in space between the mission commanders, Stafford and Leonov. The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project marked the final flight of the Apollo program.
The certificate bearing the Kapton foil has been matted and framed using archival methods; the final presentation measures approximately 15" x 17.5".
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Bidding on this lot concluded on March 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM EDT.
Bidders: 2 Bids: 3 High Bid: $555
|Bidder||Bid Time (UTC)||Bid Amount (USD)|
|168||2014 Mar 22 16:05:13||555.00|
|244||2014 Mar 23 08:12:00||550.00|
|168||2014 Mar 22 16:05:13||500.00|