RECORD SETTING FLOWN NAVIGATION GLOBE AND ORBITOMETER FROM THE SALYUT 6 SPACE STATION In-flight navigation globe "Globus" and orbit counter from the Salyut 6 space station.

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RECORD SETTING FLOWN NAVIGATION GLOBE AND ORBITOMETER FROM THE SALYUT 6 SPACE STATION
In-flight navigation globe "Globus" and orbit counter from the Salyut 6 space station.

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20 Jul 2016, 13:00 EDT

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RECORD SETTING FLOWN NAVIGATION GLOBE AND ORBITOMETER FROM THE SALYUT 6 SPACE STATION
In-flight navigation globe "Globus" and orbit counter from the Salyut 6 space station. A 5 inch diameter metal globe covered with colored paper gores, globe mounted onto moving armature, loose calibrated dial affixed to base, small circular paper labels over portions of USSR (likely identifying ground control units). Some wear to gores with loss in one place. With provenance letter from Cosmonaut Aleksandr Ivanchenkov in Russian.
PROVENANCE: Cosmonaut Aleksandr S. Ivanchenkov; Sotheby's Russian Space History, 1996, lot 236.

FLOWN NAVIGATION GLOBE AND RECORD-SETTING ORBITOMETER FLOWN ON THE SALYUT-6 SPACE STATION. Cosmonaut Alexandr Sergeyevich Ivanchenkov was the flight engineer aboard the Soyuz 29 spacecraft and the Salyut 6 orbiting station, where he, along with pilot V.V. Kovalenok, established the record for the longest stay in space, at 140 days, 14 hours and 48 minutes after arriving on June 15, 1978. Used on the Salyut-6 space station to mark the number of revolutions in a given flight, this orbitometer counted 2400 orbits, and had to be replaced while the two cosmonauts were still in flight.

A handwritten provenance letter by Ivanchenkov in Russian reads in part: [trans]: "'GLOBUS.' THIS IS THE END OF THE SECOND SPACE SHUTTLE FLIGHT TO THE SPACE STATION SALYUT 6. COMMANDER KOVALENOK AND FLIGHT ENGINEER IVANCHENKOV WERE THE FIRST COSMONAUTS TO EXCEED ONE HUNDRED DAYS IN SPACE ... THE NAVIGATIONS SYSTEM (GLOBUS), CEASED TO FUNCTION AND COUNT THE ORBITS AROUND THE EARTH. THIS WAS BECAUSE IT WAS OUTDATED. WE HAD A SECOND BACKUP NAVIGATION SYSTEM ON BOARD BROUGHT BY A SERVICE SHUTTLE ... FLIGHT ENGINEER IVANCHEMKOV DECIDED TO BRING THIS UNIQUE INSTRUMENT BACK TO EARTH AS A SOUVENIR."
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