"MERKURII" CONTROL PANEL FROM SPACE STATION MIR

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Lot 19
"MERKURII" CONTROL PANEL FROM SPACE STATION MIR

Sold for US$ 2,500 inc. premium

Space History

20 Jul 2016, 13:00 EDT

New York

"MERKURII" CONTROL PANEL FROM SPACE STATION MIR
A KEY PIECE OF HARDWARE FROM THE MIR SPACE STATION.
Space Station control panel, 13 x 7 x 5½ inches, metal, glass and composite materials, three metal panels labelled "Д2А" & "СОРТ СУБК, "Д2Б" & "СОРТ СУБК," and "Д2Г" & "ТМ КРД СПОП1" respectively, each metal panel with 9 smaller lit panels each, several smaller round lit indicators, 3 buttons reading "ВКЛ" [ON], "ОТКЛ" [OFF], and "КОНТР" [COUNTER]. "ПКСМ 1" stenciled above bottom edge, to the right of this is "21ОО = A186" written in black pen. Label affixed to top of unit reads: "ПКСМ. ДП2. 390. 245. N306". Mounted onto metal stand with plaque reading: "CONTROL PANEL 'MERKURII' SPACE STATION MIR."

The Merkurii control panel was used in the manual system control loops of the research modules on the MIR space station, was planned to be utilized in the manual control loop of the MIR-2 basic module. The MIR space station spent 15 years in orbit, which amounted to 3 times its planned lifetime. It hosted 125 cosmonauts and astronauts from 12 different nations, and supported 17 space expeditions, including 28 long-term crews. After more than 86,000 total orbits, MIR re-entered Earth's atmosphere on Friday, March 23, 2001, at 9 a.m. Moscow time. The 134-ton space structure broke up over the southern Pacific Ocean.
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