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Keyholder Made From a Piece of the Soyuz TM-8 Parachute Strap

Soyuz capsule TM-8 flew to the Russian space station 'MIR', launching from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic on September 5th, 1989 and returned on February 19th, 1990 in the Gobi desert, 55 kilometers to the northeast of Arkalyk, Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic, after 166 days in space.  Soyuz means "union" in Russian. Soyuz-TM is the Russian manned spacecraft that typically ferried three crewmembers to and from MIR. It was also available as an escape vehicle in the event Mir experienced a life-threatening situation, and was used as a "fly-around" vehicle in the vicinity of Mir.

Soyuz-TM has a mass of 7,100 kilograms, a length of seven meters, and a maximum diameter of 2.7 meters. After re-entering the atmosphere, the Soyuz capsule deployed it's main landing parachute then fired braking rockets when it is just above the ground.  It was a manned two crewman mission, named Mir Expedition EO-05. It docked with MIR on September 8th, in which transported to MIR a team consisting of Aleksandr S. Viktorenko, commander of the spacecraft, and Aleksandr A. Serebrov, flight engineer, to carry out scientific and technological research and experiments on the 8th manned expedition to the orbital station MIR, specifically installing a star tracker, collecting material samples, and testing the new 'SPK' maneuvering unit, which allowed the cosmonauts to float "untethered" in space. Also during this time, TM-8 performed the required change of the crew, unloaded "Progress M", docked and unloaded cargo spacecraft "Progress M-2", and docked with the new station module "Kvant-2".

The "Everquest Design" 'Soyuz Collection' features the materials from the original landing parachute used to bring back to earth. This parachute was used during the descent of the re-entry Soyuz module, a capsule weighing in at over 17,000 pounds with 2 cosmonauts aboard!  The carbineer was not flown, and was added to make the keyholder functional


Souvenir Card with Launch Pad "White Room" Relic from STS-84 "Atlantis"

Shuttle mission STS-84 in May 1997 saw British born NASA Astronaut Michael Foale begin his highly successful stay aboard the Mir Space Station. As a small memento of this mission, received a couple of the cloths used to dust down the astronauts in the Launch Pad White Room prior to boarding "Atlantis". 

STS-84 Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale joined Mir 23 cosmonaut crew members, Commander Vasily Tsibliev and Flight Engineer Alexander Lazutkin, by replacing STS-81 mission specialist and Mir 23 crew member Jerry M. Linenger on Mir. Linenger had been on the Russian outpost since Jan. 15, 1997, shortly after Atlantis last docked with Mir during the STS-81 mission. Foale was scheduled to remain on Mir for slightly more than four months when he was picked up by Atlantis (STS-86) in October of 1997 and returned to Earth.

Due to customer demand, sectioned one of these cloths, and samples mounted to a custom produced illustrated display card with declaration of authenticity. These are limited edition although not serial numbered. Each card measures 4" x 6" and carries a 1-2" section of the cloth as a small, inexpensive souvenir of Shuttle Mission STS-84 to Mir.


STS-98  Space Flight Awareness Medallion Containing Flown Metal 

Place your pointer over the photo to see the reverse of the medallion.

The 103rd mission of the Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle Atlantis spent almost 13 days in orbit during STS-98, from February 7, 2001 to February 20, 2001, with seven of those days docked to the International Space Station. While at the orbital outpost, the STS-98 crew delivered and activated the U.S. Laboratory named Destiny and completed three space walks.  The arrival of the Destiny Lab brought the space station's mass to about 112 tons, surpassing that of the Russian Mir space station for the first time.  The crew of STS-98 were: Kenneth D. Cockrell as mission commander, Mark L. Polansky as mission pilot, Robert L. Curbeam as Mission Specialist, Marsha S. Ivins as Mission Specialist, and Thomas D. Jones as Mission Specialist.

The observe, or front, of the medallion, produced by Galaxy Medals of Florida for NASA, depicts an image of the completed International Space Station and the full-stack Space Shuttle, and the words 'International Space Station', as well as the mission 'STS-98'

The reverse of the medallion bears the image of a cutaway view of the Destiny module and reads 'This coin, containing medal from the U.S. Laboratory module flown on mission STS-98, commemorates the deployment of another element in building the International Space Station February 2001'

Film Canister Flown with First Tourist in Space

This canister launched on April 28, 2001 along with a roll of film, a copy of Popular Mechanics magazine and Dennis Tito. The film, the magazine and the canister were returned to Earth eight days later, landing in the desert of Kazakhstan. It was all a part of a promotion conducted by Space Media Inc, for Popular Mechanics. The film and magazine were returned to the offices of Popular Mechanics and the canister was just recently discovered in Space Media's offices.

Soyuz TM-32 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 3:37am ET on April 28, 2001, carrying cosmonauts Talgat Musabayev and Yuri Baturin -- as well as the first "space tourist", American businessman Dennis Tito -- to the International Space Station.  A so-called "taxi" flight, the crew returned to Earth nearly 8 days in the TM-31 spacecraft. Meanwhile, the TM-32 capsule remained at the ISS, serving as a lifeboat for the station's crew.

For more about 'Popular Mechanics' trip in space, click here 

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Cover Flown on the Recovery Helicopter of the Shen-Zhou-5


Postal Card Serviced for the Recovery of First Chinese Manned Space Launch, Taikonaut Lt. Col. Yang Liwei, flown by the recovery helicopter and signed by Chief of Staff of the Military Helicopter Regiment Camp, and recovery pilot.  With 7 Different cancellations...

  • Commemorative cancellation for the Shen-Zhou-5 Spacecraft recovery and mission success by the Military Helicopter Group,
  • Shen-zhou-5 Spacecraft Landing Site at East Longitude 111 degrees 29' and North Latitude 42 degrees 06',
  • Commemoration of Shen-zhou-5 First Manned Spacecraft Recovery Search Mission Success, postmark placed on the card by the Helicopter Regiment Camp, Aviation Soldier of Chinese Army,
  • Post Office Cancellation from Hong-ge-er / Si-zi-wang-qi, Inner Mongolia,
  • Commemoration of Shen-zhou-5 First Manned Spacecraft Mission Success, postmarked by Hong-ge-er / Si-zi-wang-qi, Inner Mongolia post office,
  • Signed by Du-xiangzhong, Captain of the Recovery Helicopter.

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