Worn by the pilot of the first manned mission to Skylab, the first U.S. space station.Skylab I (SL-2) Flown Pressure Suit Patches (Four) Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Pilot Paul Weitz, Certified and Signed. The patch, logo, flag, and name tag from the Skylab I mission as matted, framed, and presented to Paul Weitz by the Johnson Space Center Crew Systems Division, overall 12.5" x 15.5". The 6.25" x 4" U.S. flag is centered at the top of the light blue mat; the 3.875" x 3.25" NASA logo is at left center. To the right center is the 4" x 4" Skylab I mission insignia (designed by Frank Kelly Freas); the 3.75" x 1.125" "WEITZ" name tag is centered at bottom (all dimensions sight size). There is an engraved brass plate attached to the bottom of the wooden frame, "Presented By/ Crew Systems Division". Extremely fine condition overall with very minor soiling on the patches.
Skylab was the United States' first space station; it incurred severe damage during its launch on May 14, 1973, losing the micrometeoroid shield/sun shade and one of its main solar panels. The Skylab I mission, with Pete Conrad, Paul Weitz, and Joe Kerwin aboard, was its first visitation by a human crew; their first priority was to effect repairs to prevent the station from being rendered inoperable. They stayed twenty-eight days, establishing a new flight endurance record. This was Weitz's first space mission.
Weitz has certified this on the back of the frame: "These suit patches were worn and/ Flown on Skylab I/ From my personal collection/ Paul Weitz PLT".
Included with this lot is a handwritten and signed Letter of Certification from Paul Weitz on his personal letterhead, stating: "To whom it may concern- I hereby certify that this set of patches, flag and name tag are from the pressure suit I wore during the Skylab I mission. They were mounted and presented to me by the JSC Crew Systems Division (as it was then named). This memento has been in my possession ever since, and is from my personal collection of artifacts from the mission."
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