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    Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-3) Flown Pair of Cue Cards Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Jack Lousma, Signed and Certified, with Signed COA. Two cards, printed on heavy cardstock, with two pieces of Velcro attached to each side. (1) The larger of the two is 5" x 8.5" is printed on front and verso and is titled "DEORBIT BURN (1 ENG)/ DEORBIT BURN (2 ENG). There are sections of text highlighted in yellow as well as pencil notations on both sides. Lousma has signed vertically down the left side: "Cue Card flown on STS-3/ Jack Lousma". (2) Printed one side, 5" x 8", titled "DEORBIT BURN MONITOR". There are two pencil notations and it is signed at the lower edge: "Cue Card flown on STS-3/ Jack Lousma". Both in excellent condition.

    Included with this lot is an informative letter of authenticity signed "Jack Lousma" on his letterhead in which he describes the purpose of Cue Cards in general and these in particular: "I hereby certify that the two Velcro Cue Cards that accompany this letter are two that were flown and used by the crew aboard the STS 3 mission March 22-30, 1982. Cue Cards are basically abbreviations of the more detailed Checklists. They are velcroed around the cockpit where they are clearly visible on short notice. They list the basic functions the crew must execute during dynamic phases of flight when there is not time to read the Checklist details, the latter being memorized during hours of simulation. These two particular Cue Cards are used to prepare for and execute the Deorbit Burn, that is, the engine firing to slow the spacecraft enough to put it on a precisely controlled trajectory to descend to the Earth's upper atmosphere so as to intersect it at exactly the right angle and distance from the landing site. The Deorbit Burn Cue Card has two sides; one for the 'nominal' condition when both Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) engines are used to perform the Deorbit Burn, and the opposite side in the 'off-nominal' case if one of the two OMS engines has failed or fails during the burn. The Deorbit Burn Monitor Cue Card is used to monitor the OMS engines' performance during the burn. It reminds the crew what to do (right column) if several listed failures (left column) occur during execution of the Deorbit Burn. These Cue Cards have been in my possession since the mission."

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