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    Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1) Flown Limited Edition Tile Segment Presentation Directly from the Estate of NASA Legend Chris Kraft, with Certificate of Authenticity. A 0.5" cube-shaped segment of the thermal tile taken from Columbia after the first orbital test flight of the Space Shuttle, embedded in a 3.5" x 2.5" x 1" clear acrylic display. The card mounted beneath the tile states that it was (in part): "Presented to Christopher C. Kraft Jr In appreciation of your steadfast support of the Space Shuttle program...", is numbered "1", and signed in facsimile by Christopher C. Kraft Jr. The verso of the card reads: "This is a segment of a thermal tile which protected the Space Shuttle Orbiter 'Columbia' (STS-1) from the heat of reentry on its first flight April 12-14, 1981". The achievements of this mission were certainly not lost of 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." Excellent.

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    May, 2021
    21st-22nd Friday-Saturday
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