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    Soil from where the space age was launched.

    Sputnik 1 Fortieth Anniversary Presentation. A Lucite-like base of 4.25" x 5.75" x 0.625" to which is mounted another 2.5" square x 1.375" piece, engraved with a rocket design, containing a small (1" diameter x 0.5") container of loose soil. Both pieces have a black starry background. The base is engraved (translated): "40th Anniversary of the Launch of the 1st Sputnik of Earth". This, of course, refers to the October 4, 1957, launching of the first ever artificial Earth-orbiting satellite. There is a paper tag in back of the soil that reads: "Soil from the place of the launch of the 1st Sputnik". This is likely a very exclusive piece made for insiders of the Baikonur Cosmodrome and is a very important item for collectors of Russian space items. Very fine condition with just some chipping of the black paint on the bottom, easily repaired.

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    October, 2009
    8th Thursday
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