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    "Thanks for the great work!"

    Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) Crew: Individually-Signed Color Photos of All Seven Inscribed to the Orbital Processing Facility 3 Crew. A unique group of NASA litho prints of each crewmember of this disastrous mission; Columbia disintegrated upon re-entry on February 1, 2003, killing all aboard. All of these photos were signed to the crew that did the maintenance on Columbia before the flight at OPF 3. As follows.

    Rick Husband: "To the/ OPF Bay 3 Team/ Thanks for the/ Great Work!/ Rick Husband/ STS-107 CDR/ Proverbs 3: 5-6".
    Willie McCool: "To the OPF/ Bay 3 Team: With boundless/ gratitude!!/ Willie McCool/ STS-107".
    David Brown: "To the OPF/ Bay 3/ Team/ Thanks for All/ Your Great Work/ on Columbia-/ Dave Brown/ STS-107"
    Kalpana Chawla: "For the OPF Bay 3 Team,/ Thanks for taking such/ good care of Columbia/ Kalpana Chawla/ STS-87, 107".
    Michael Anderson: "To: OPF Bay 3/ Thanks for the/ hard work/ Michael Anderson".
    Laurel Clark: "To the OPF Bay 3 Team-/ Thanks for the superb/ preparation of OC-102/ Columbia for STS-107!/ Laurel Clark".
    Ilan Ramon: "To the OPF Bay 3 Team,/ Thanks so much!/ Go Columbia!/ Ilan Ramon/ [Hebrew name]/ STS-107".

    Orbital Processing Facility 3 was one of three of these massive hangars at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39, west of the Vehicle Assembly Building. After a completed mission, the Shuttle was towed from the Shuttle Landing Facility to its assigned OPF where it spent several months being prepared for the next mission. Afterwards, it would be rolled out to the VAB for final setup prior to launch. The work done by the OPF team was obviously very important to this crew and these signed photos exhibit their heartfelt thanks for the efforts of these team members.

    Also included with this lot are a set of individual engraved plaques for each crewmember and professional quality color photos, as follows: the official crew photo in their orange spacesuits (14" x 11"); a photo of Columbia in OPF 3 (from an earlier mission) (10" x 8"); and a photo of the launch of STS-107 (14" x 11"). Perfect for displaying with these signed photos. All excellent.

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    November, 2016
    11th Friday
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