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    Small American Flag and Columbia Patch Flown Aboard the STS-3 Space Shuttle. STS-3 was the third space shuttle mission, and was the third mission for the Space Shuttle Columbia. Commander Jack Lousma and pilot C. Gordon Fullerton conducted a number of tests and experiments during this flight, including testing the RMS arm, thermal testing of the Columbia, studies of insect motion, studies concerning the separation of biological components, and experiments to produce uniform micrometer-sized latex particles. This 6" x 4" printed cloth flag and embroidered crew patch accompanied Lousma and Fullerton on the eight-day STS-3 mission. Each item has been affixed to a large matted display board along with color photographs of the STS-3 Columbia at liftoff, in orbit, and after landing. The display has been signed in blue Sharpie by Jack Lousma and is accompanied by Lousma's handwritten letter of authenticity on his personal Skylab/Columbia letterhead which reads in part: "I certify that the small 4" x 6" United States flag and STS-3 mission patch that accompany this letter were both flown with me and Gordon Fullerton aboard the Columbia Space Shuttle on its third orbital test flight during March 22-30, 1982. Both items flew 3.4 million miles during 130 revolutions of the Good Earth." All items in this lot are in very fine condition. From the personal collection of Jack Lousma.

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    March, 2008
    25th Tuesday
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