The first of the United States' manned flight programs, Project Mercury aimed successfully to place a spacecraft into earth orbit. Fabrication of the Mercury suits was started in 1959, and NASA selected the B.F. Goodrich Company for the task. The Mercury space suit was basically a modified version of the U.S. Navy's Mark IV high altitude pressure suit, with the most notable modification being an aluminized nylon outer layer to assist thermal control. Price: $8,000-12,000.
Flown Unites States flag, made of silk, 4 by 6 inches. Mounted on a 12 by 9 inch NASA certificate which reads: "This flag was carried to the moon by the crew of Apollo 12, November 19, 1969, Ocean of Storms." Price: $8,500-12,000.
Group of 31 duplicate color positives from magazines R-37 and S-40 in the astronauts' Hasselblad cameras, both single frames, and strips of varying sizes. July 21, 1969.1. Magazine R, 4 frames: 5437 (Tranquility Base), 5458 (Horizon, Thruster), 5528 (Neil Armstrong Inside Spacecraft), & 5551 (Thrusters, Seismometer, Laser Reflector). Price: $1,200-1,800.
Alexei Isayev specialized in small-scale, liquid-fuelled rocket engines for Soviet manned and unmanned spacecraft. The present engine is for a S-75 Dvina, a high-altitude, command-guided, SAM. Since its first deployment in 1957 it has become the most widely-deployed air defense missile in history. The missile came to the world's attention when an S-75 battery, using the newer, longer-range and higher-altitude V-750VN missile shot down the U-2 spy plane of Francis Gary Powers as he was flying over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960. Price: $6,000-9,000.
White US Navy APH-6 flight helmet with single visor assembly, dark tinted visor, adjustable chin strap, styrene liner with leather pads, earcup assemblies and rubber communications cable. Sierra Engineering Co, size large, 1960s. Price: $3,000-5,000.
All Russian Soyuz flights carried a machete identical to the present one to assist the cosmonaut crew after a remote unscheduled landing. A versatile tool with the ability to cut brush and small trees, loosen soil, and defend against wild animals. Price: $500-700.
Located directly below the pilot's right arm, panel R2 contains controls for engine power, boiler power, hydraulic main pump pressure, Auxiliary Power Unit pre-starts, hydraulic circulating pumps, Auxiliary Power Unit fuel tank valves, and boiler nitrogen supply amongst others. Price: $2,000-3,000.
Made from aluminum alloy, with titanium fittings and fasteners, the 8½ feet tall this is the largest piece of the landing gear assembly. Price: $5,000-7,000.
Crew emblems for all Apollo, Skylab, and ASTP missions. These cloth emblems are noted for their detailed artistry and exceptional quality of the official NASA crew designs. The Apollo 12 through 17 emblems have hallmarks in the form of their respective mission number "hidden" in the embroidery. Price: $1,500-2,000.
This is perhaps the only lunar surface ring sight still in private hands. Price: $20,000-30,000.
One of three control panels for the TORU docking system on MIR, which consisted of a sensor board, a PU PBS control panel, and this, the PVK Control Panel. Together, these three devices, along with a tv monitor and joysticks, were responsible for the manual docking and undocking of spacecraft attached to the space station. Price: $4,000-6,000.
First edition of the first volume of this cosmonaut-produced journal, signed by the first man in space, the first woman in space, the first person to conduct an EVA and the first cosmonaut to fly in space twice. Price: $1,500-2,500.
Space mementos including spacesuits, control panels, and one cosmonaut survival machete are among 300 of space memorabilia being auctioned off in the Space History sale at Bonhams on April 8.