Lot 549: Douglas plastic scale model of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory rocket, measuring 9.75? long, with a black 4 x 6.25 display stand featuring an engraved nameplate. Douglas and USAF decals are affixed to opposing sides of the MOL. In fine condition, with slight scuffing to rocket and stand; the bottom felt pad present but no longer attached. Part of the United States Air Force's manned spaceflight program, the MOL was developed from early concepts of manned space stations to be used for NASA survey purposes, but was ultimately canceled during the height of the Apollo program in 1969, when more cost-effective unmanned reconnaissance satellites were found to achieve similar results. NASA's space station program went ahead full-blast in the mid–1970s with the advent of Skylab.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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