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    Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1) Flown Large American Flag and Embroidered Mission Insignia Patch Directly from the Estate of NASA Legend Chris Kraft, with Certificate of Authenticity. A 12" x 7.5" flown cloth U.S. flag matted with a 12.5" x 8" certificate signed "John Young" (commander) and "Bob Crippen" (pilot). Mounted to the certificate is a 4.25" x 4.75" flown embroidered mission insignia patch. The text printed on the certificate is as follows: "This flag and patch were flown aboard the/ Space Shuttle 'Columbia' (STS-1). / April 12-14, 1981/ Presented to/ Christopher C. Kraft, Jr./ From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration." Matted in blue and framed to an overall 18.5" x 22.5". The achievements of this mission were certainly not lost on Kraft who was the Director of Johnson Space Center at the time. Mission Commander John Young was quoted when the mission was successfully completed: "When we got back, I think Chris Kraft said it best: We just got infinitely smarter." Flown flags of this size are not common, especially one owned by the "Godfather of Mission Control". Some glue bleedthrough on the flag, otherwise excellent.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2021
    21st-22nd Friday-Saturday
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