Lot 545: Collection of three items: first, (available to US bidders only), a Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) Blanket with Beta cloth on one side and gold foil on the other, 6 x 4 x 2, part number "V070-362052-002-NC, 09953-OCN-B07282." The gold foil side is covered in red paint to indicate the piece was scrapped. Second, L-shaped space shuttle diffuser hose, measuring approximately 33? long, covered in Beta cloth with a stenciled parts number near the flexible collar. Two parts tags are tied to the collar, with the parts number on both, as well as an inspector's stamp and remarks. And third, a rare 1985 Space Shuttle Challenger Pepsi can. On one side are the Pepsi and Pepsi-Cola logos. The back reads, "Young Astronaut Program United States of America. Pepsi-Cola celebrates our first flight in space, July 1985. One giant sip for mankind." Empty can is complete with top. Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi designed special cans (officially the Carbonated Beverage Dispenser Evaluation payload or CBDE) to test packaging and dispensing techniques for use in zero G conditions. The experiment was classified a failure by the shuttle crew, primarily due to the lack of both refrigeration and gravity. In overall fine condition, with general wear to the blanket.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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