Created By The Mercury 7 Astronauts
From the personal collection of Skylab 2 pilot Paul Weitz, this cue card is dated 11/22/72 and was used during Weitz's training prior to the launch of Skylab 2, the first manned Skylab mission. The card features Weitz's signature and two additional inscriptions, "Pilot Skylab I," and the personal notation, "Used in training."
Weitz's "Skylab I," serves as a reminder of how, while the first manned Skylab mission was officially designated "Skylab 2," the mission emblem read "Skylab I."
The front side of the cue card, which bears Weitz's signature, is filled with telling checklists concerning the medical research the astronauts were expected to self-administer aboard Skylab. For example, under the header "VCG DONNING," one finds the list of steps an astronaut would need to take in order to hook himself up to a vectorcardiograph (which measures the electrical properties of one's heart).
The 8" x 6 7/8" card is rectangular in shape, with three rounded corners and one diagonal. The card was made this way so that it would affix perfectly to a flat surface of the same dimensions inside the Skylab, where it could be quickly and easily referenced by an astronaut. The cue card's reverse features a single, fully intact Velcro fastener, which would have held it firmly in its rightful place aboard Skylab.
Skylab was America's first Earth-orbiting space station, launched on May 14, 1973. It was both a workshop and home for three teams of astronauts who inhabited the Skylab space station for a total of 171 days, traveling a total of 70.5 million miles and conducting over 3,000 hours of experiments.
The card is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Weitz.
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Bidding on this lot concluded on November 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM EST.
Bidders: 7 Bids: 11 Winning Bid: $145
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