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    "They proved man's invaluable role in space flight"

    Skylab I (SL-2) Repair Tool Replica on Rockwell Presentation Plaque Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Pilot Paul Weitz, Signed and Certified, with Signed LOA. An 8.75" x 3.5" x 0.875" "Shepherd's Crook" scale replica mounted on red velvet above a 9" square engraved plate, all on a 12" x 16" x 1" wooden plaque. The plate reads: "Presented to/ Charles 'Pete' Conrad, Joseph Kerwin, Paul Weitz/ the crew of Skylab I/ May 25, 1973 to June 22, 1973/ They proved man's invaluable role in space flight./ Rockwell International". Certified on the back in black felt tip: "From by personal/ collection-/ Paul Weitz/ PLT, SL-2". Weitz's LOA explains in detail how the tool was used to effect repairs on the Skylab Space Station. Great for wall display. Very fine.

    Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity from Weitz on his letterhead stating, in full: "This item is a reduced-scale replica of the 'Shepherd's Crook' end effector that we used on Skylab I in an attempt to free the jammed solar array on the Orbital Workshop. It was designed so that it could be used to apply either a pull or push force. I utilized the multi-piece pole to which it was attached as depicted in Ed Hengefeld's 'Saving Skylab' painting. I leaned out the open hatch, while Joe Kerwin kept a firm stabilizing grip on my ankles. However, in zero-g, it does not take much force to move even a 15-ton Command and Service Module, and I was unable to apply enough force to free the jammed wing, so we moved on to Plan B for a later time."


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    November, 2016
    11th Friday
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