Lot 9494: Symbolic Space Shuttle Orbiter key presented by the Rockwell Space Team to STS-6 mission commander Paul Weitz, dated June 30, 1982, Palmdale, California, measuring 2.75? long, with an elaborate raised design of the Space Shuttle on the front and "Challenger" engraved on the reverse. The gold key is connected to a small ring and housed in a royal blue 6.25 x 1.25 x 3.25 velvet presentation box, affixed with a name label to the top cover, and a presentation card and Challenger rollout sticker to the interior. In fine condition, with mild scratching to the "Challenger" side of the key. A beautifully ornate orbiter key bestowed upon an astronaut who logged just over 793 total hours in space. The Leon Ford Collection.
RR Auction's Space and Aviation Auction 463
Thursday, 22nd October 2015
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