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    Sputnik 1 Tag from the Fourth Arm of the Satellite inscribed and initialed by Sergei Pavlovich Korolev and given to Oleg Ivanovsky. This circular cardboard tag with red ribbon was given to Ivanovsky, the head of the secret Sputnik program, as a memento by Korolev, the general constructor of OKB-1 for the successful launch of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957. One side contains the markings of the number designation of the satellite, the part number, and the arm number: No. 9, 6064, III (third). The other side is handwritten by the chief designer: "4 Oct 1957 year, THE FIRST SPUTNIK, Tag from the antenna on the Third(III) arm, signed 'S.P.'" Korolev was the top secret head of the Russian space program, which began the Space Age with the launch of the Sputnik 1. Korolev and Ivanovsky were two of the most important men in the history of space exploration. Any memento from the Sputnik 1 is extremely rare. 1.125" diameter. Excellent condition.

    Included is a certificate of authenticity typed in English and signed by Oleg Ivanovsky, dated April 16, 1999, attesting, "I certify that this phalange label was one of four that was attached to one of the arms of the first Sputnik launched October 4th, 1957. I took this off as a routine course right before the flight and was the last one who placed the sputnik on the R-7 rocket at Baikanaur Cosmodrome."

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