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    American Flag Flown on Skylab II (SL-3), with Letter of Authenticity by Pilot Jack Lousma. Skylab II (SL-3) was the second manned mission to the Skylab space station, where astronauts Alan Bean, Jack Lousma, and Owen Garriott performed a variety of experiments covering a wide range of phenomenon including libration clouds, x-rays from Jupiter, in-vitro immunology, spider web formation, cytoplasmic streaming, mass measurement, neutron analysis, medical science, solar activity, and much more. This Skylab mission lasted 59 days, marking a new endurance record for zero-gravity human flight. This printed cloth 12" x 18" American flag was carried aboard Skylab II (SL-3) by pilot Jack Lousma and is accompanied by his handwritten letter of certification, penned on his personal Skylab II/Space Shuttle Columbia letterhead. In full: "I hereby certify that the 12" x 18" Flag of the United States that accompanies this letter was flown with me aboard Skylab II (SL-3) during July 28 - September 25, 1973, a new endurance record for human flight in zero-gravity. I carried this flag in my Personal Preference Kit (PPK) as one of a limited number of small, lightweight items. It traveled 24.5 million miles during 858 orbits at 275 miles above the Good Earth. It splashed down with me on the Pacific Ocean , and it has been retained in my custody since the Skylab II mission as part of my personal collection. Jack Lousma, Skylab II (SL-3) Pilot, STS-3 Commander." Both the flag and the letter of authenticity are in very fine condition. From the personal collection of Jack Lousma.

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