Flown Crewman Optical Alignment Sight (COAS), flown to the surface of the moon on board the Apollo 15. Sight measures 8.75 x 4.25 x 3, weighs approximately 1.5 pounds, and has an Autonetics—North American Rockwell metal plate attached to the lower portion which reads: “Sight–Optical Alignment–LM; ME331-0018-0025; Ser. No. 06359-0768 BKA,” with a smaller Autonetics label affixed below the optics. This sight was used by Dave Scott during the mission and was secured by its mount above the left window of the lunar module. Accompanied by an incredibly detailed 2014 two-page letter of authenticity and explanation from Dave Scott, which reads, in part: “I hereby certify that the ‘Crewman Optical Alignment Sight’ (COAS) included with this letter was installed in the Lunar Module ‘Falcon’ during Apollo 15…The COAS was used by the Commander (CDR) for rendezvous, docking, star sightings, and horizon alignment during the Lunar Module phases of the mission…This LM 10 COAS has been in my personal possession since returning to Earth.” In fine condition. Arguably one of the most impressive and important pieces of precision lunar module-flown equipment ever offered. RR Auction COA.
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Flown, complete STS-6 Entry Checklist, flown into lunar orbit on board Space Shuttle Challenger during the STS-6 mission. Checklist measures 5.5 x 8, is bound with its three original rings to the left border, and contains 104 pages (52 individual sheets). Arranged into 11 tabbed sections, the manual covers the critical maneuvers and procedures for a space shuttle to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere, land, and close-out. There are 12 pages with in-flight writing by Paul Weitz, and several pages with pre-flight writing and notations. Signed on the front cover in black felt tip by Weitz, “Flown on STS-6, Paul Weitz, CDR,” and signed by Weitz inside the front cover with a handwritten letter of provenance, in full: “I hereby certify that this Entry Checklist was flown aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger on STS-6. It was utilized to ensure that all necessary evolutions occurred as required. It is from my personal collection of artifacts.” In fine condition. Complete shuttle checklists are extremely rare, as many are broken up page by page. This is an especially important example, as it details one of the most critical moments in spaceflight and comes from a historic mission, STS-6 being Space Shuttle Challenger’s first journey into orbit. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
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Program from the First Lindbergh Awards Dinner, held on May 23, 1978, at the Plaza Hotel in New York, 8 x 9, signed on the front cover in black felt tip, “Neil Armstrong,” and “J. H. Doolittle,” and in blue felt tip, “Anne Morrow Lindbergh.” In fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Possibly-unique flown Soviet space wrench, flown on Soyuz TM-14,measuring approximately 19″ long. C-shaped wrench features a free moving spring six-pointed head, a large handle, and palm rest at the top. This wrench was used on an EVA by Aleksandr Viktorenko to repair the solar batteries of MIR. RRAuction COA.
Breath-taking color satin-finish 10 x 8 photo of the earthrise over the lunar horizon, signed in silver ink, “Buzz Aldrin, Apollo XI, July 20, 1969,” and “Michael Collins, Apollo XI, July 20, 1969.” In very fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Novaspace for Collins and a photo of Aldrin taken at time of signing. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.