Space Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) Orbital Test Flights Crew-Signed Color Photos.
The first four Shuttle flights, all with two-man crews, are represented here with signed 10" x 8" NASA color lithographed prints. All bear printed captions on the verso. As follows:STS-1:
" and "Bob Crippen
". Young has inscribed: "To Arthur O Shackman/ Best Wishes
" and "Richard Truly
". Truly has inscribed: "to Arthur-
" and "Gordon Fullerton
". 8" x 10" (vertical).STS-4:
" and "Ken Mattingly
". 8" x 10" (vertical). Hartsfield has inscribed: "To/ Bob Glass/ With Best Wishes-
All are in extremely fine condition. A great collection of the brave astronauts who tested the characteristics and performance of this new spacecraft, the most complex ever assembled.
Though the second shuttle built, Columbia was the first to fly, launching on April 12, 1981, the twentieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's first manned space flight in Vostok 1. It accomplished the first five missions of the program and six of the first nine, but was tragically destroyed during re-entry of its twenty-eighth mission, causing the loss of all seven members of the STS-107 crew in 2003. During its years of service, it flew 125 million miles, orbited the earth 4800 times, and spent a total of 300 days in space.