Gemini training system to lead space memorabilia sale
A 1963 Gemini 133P training system is the highlight of Bonhams’ Space History auction in New York on July 20.
The design is based on the cockpit controls of the Gemini shuttle, which NASA built and operated from 1961 to 1966.
It consists of five parts, four panels and one seated module, which instruct astronauts in the operation of all aspects of the shuttle.
Very few of these training modules have ever sold at auction.
It’s expected to make around $60,000-90,000.
The sale will also include a flown Russian Soyuz-3 space navigation indicator, removed from the craft by its pilot Georgy Beregovoy.
Soyuz-3 launched in October 1968. It was intended to dock with an unmanned vessel, something that the Russians had been unable to achieve at this point.
Beregovoy managed to rendezvous with the craft, but did not complete docking. Despite this the Russians presented the mission as a success, with the truth only emerging when the Soviet Union fell.
A Sokol KV-2 spacesuit worn by astronaut Don Pettiot during his return to Earth on the Soyuz TMA-1 in 2003 is valued at $25,000-35,000.
Pettiot had spent several months aboard the ISS, but needed to find an alternate route home following the Columbia Shuttle Disaster.
Salvation came at the hands of the Russians, although he was forced to endure a ballistic re-entry.
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