DescriptionSpace Shuttle Columbia (STS-3) Flown Orbit Ops Checklist Book Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Jack Lousma, Signed and Certified, with Signed LOA. A sixty+ page checklist book printed on 8" x 6" tabbed cardstock, three-hole punched, and held together with three binder rings. There are ten tabbed sections. We note numerous handwritten annotations throughout the checklist. On the front cover is the STS-3 mission insignia with a red line at the right edge. It is signed at the left side: "This 'Orbit Ops/ Checklist' flew/ with me on STS-3./ March 22-30, 1982/ Jack Lousma/ CDR STS-3". Very fine condition.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity on his letterhead stating, in full: "I hereby certify the STS-3 (Columbia) Orbit Ops Checklist that accompanies this letter was flown in space and used by the crew aboard the STS 3 mission during March 22-30, 1982. The Orbit Ops Checklist is comprised of detailed procedures for 'nominal' operations of several Space Shuttle systems specifically during the on-orbit phase of the mission. The systems covered include, among others, electrical, environmental control & life support, guidance, navigation & control, data processing, communications, instrumentation, hydraulics, reaction control jets, and orbital maneuvering rockets. This checklist differs from the 'Orbit Pocket C/L', which is a compilation of "contingency" procedures used to trouble-shoot malfunctions occurring during the on-orbit phase of flight. This STS 3 Orbit Ops Checklist has been in my possession since the mission in 1982."
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