FLOWN AURORA 7 HEAT SHIELD SEGMENT
Lot 41
FLOWN AURORA 7 HEAT SHIELD SEGMENT.
Sold for US$ 1,159 inc. premium

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

New York
Lot Details
FLOWN AURORA 7 HEAT SHIELD SEGMENT.
Heat shield segment, approximately 1 inch cube. Mounted on a wooden base with a plaque reading: "Heat Shield from Aurora Seven, Mercury-Atlas 7 - May 24, 1962, M. Scott Carpenter."

Signed by the astronaut above the plaque. A cube taken from the heat shield of Astronaut Scott Carpenter's Aurora 7 spacecraft after the flight, the top ¼ inch charred by the intense frictional heat of re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. Aurora 7 was traveling at approximately 17,500 miles per hour before the retro rockets slowed the vehicle to allow re-entry.
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