This is a tangible link between centuries of folks going down to the sea in ships and humankind’s first steps off the planet.
Pretty fucking cool!
Unique artifacts, going to be locked away in some billionaire’s climate controlled bunker for the rest of time.
Note the handwritten star “Dnoces”, in the upper part of Ursa major. This is one of three stars that the Apollo 1 astronauts had playfully inserted into the official NASA star charts - Navi, Dnoces, and Regor (spell them backwards for Grissom and Chaffee’s first names, and Ed White II’s.) I can’t remember where the other two stars are, but I remember seeing them on official NASA charts displayed at the Smithsonian. Nice to see that they were still being used up to Apollo 11.
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