FIRST INTERNATIONAL SPACE DOCKING CERTIFICATES.
Lot 361
FIRST INTERNATIONAL SPACE DOCKING CERTIFICATES.
Sold for US$ 854 inc. premium

Auction 17402: The Space Sale
16 Jul 2009 13:00 EDT

New York
Lot Details
FIRST INTERNATIONAL SPACE DOCKING CERTIFICATES.
FIRST INTERNATIONAL SPACE DOCKING CERTIFICATES.
2 certificates, each featuring an illustration of the Apollo CSM and Soyuz spacecraft in a docked configuration. Parallel text in English and Russian, printed but with times and dates supplied in manuscript and signed by both Thomas P. Stafford and Alexei Leonov, the commanders of the American and Russian spacecraft. Each 9 by 12 inches.

Informally known as the Space Magna Carta, these two certificates are from the same printing as the certificates carried on the Apollo-Soyuz flight. A very small number of these certificates were printed, and two of each type were carried on the flight, to be completed there. Two certificates were to be kept by the Americans and the other two by the Russians.
The certificate reads: "This is to certify that at [12] hours [09] minutes Washington time and [19] hours [09] minutes Moscow time, on July [17], 1975, flight crews of the United States and the Soviet Socialist Republic successfully docked their Apollo and Soyuz Spacecraft in earth orbit. They share the hope that this first International Manned Space Flight will stand in the light of history as a significant advance in the ability of their nations to work together in ways that advance the interests of people everywhere." During the mid-1970s, space flight supporters hoped that this mission would set the stage for future multinational space exploration. Geo-political events, however, allowed the Cold War to endure for 15 more years.
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