Artifact from Space: A $35,000 window

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Bonhams is auctioning space memorabilia today, including items flow in space, such as this window from the Apollo 14 Command Module.

A flown artifact exposed to the vacuum of space for over 215 hours during the entire Apollo 14 flight—to the moon, in lunar orbit, and the return to Earth—a total distance of over half a million miles. This is an outer window glass from Kittyhawk, the Command Module of Apollo 14.

Alan Shepard, America’s first man in space and the commander of Apollo 14, along with Stuart Roosa and Edgar Mitchell were able to get some of their first close-up views of the moon through this window.

The outer pane of the window was removed as part of the Apollo Window Meteoroid Experiment. This was a passive experiment which compared the pre-launch condition of this outer pane to its returned condition. The pane was scanned from 20X to 200X magnification to map all visible defects from meteoroid cratering. This could then be correlated with lunar rock cratering studies.

Included are copies of property transfer documents from NASA to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) and deascession papers from NASM.

The red outer seal has been inscribed and signed: “Apollo 14 CM window, Edgar Mitchell.”

Estimate: $25,000 – 35,000

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