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Two Slightly Used Space Suits For Sale 60

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the but-you-can't-wear-it-out dept.
cylonlover writes "More space history will go on sale in New York on May 5 when Bonhams will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Alan Shepard's historic mission in Freedom 7 with a Space Sale. Some early highlights of the sale include a Sokol K spacesuit worn by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov during the historic 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Project (the symbolic end to the Space Race) and a Sokol KV-2 spacesuit worn by Gennadi Strekalov during a 1990 mission to the Mir space station."
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Two Slightly Used Space Suits For Sale

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  • I'll take one (Score:4, Insightful)

    by paiute (550198) on Tuesday February 22, 2011 @10:03AM (#35278616)

    Kip Russell said he would fix it up for me.

    • Isn't he busy with Peewee Reisfeld?
    • by sconeu (64226)

      I heard he was busy over on Vega.

    • Better scrub it up with some Skyway soap.

      I have good memories of that book. One night, as a kid, I mysteriously found it on my pillow. I had never even heard of Heinlein before. But I started reading it that night, must have been captivated into the wee hours of the morning. Would Kip make it off Pluto? Was the Mother Thing actually kind of creepy? What the hell was up with Madame Pompadour?

      Sometime later, my dad came up to me, grinning, and asked me how I liked it.

      • by Kittenman (971447)

        Better scrub it up with some Skyway soap.

        Highway or byway, there's no soap like Skyway!

        Can't believe he didn't win the competition with that slogan.

  • They should fetch more than the "slightly peed into" suit Doctor Venture is trying to sell at his super science yard sale.
  • by elrous0 (869638) * on Tuesday February 22, 2011 @10:18AM (#35278754)

    Typical American shit. We only celebrate NASA's accomplishments (or joint NASA/Russian missions). The average American knows jackshit about all the Soviet "firsts" and accomplishments (basically everything but the first man on the moon). It's an insult to the engineering geniuses that made the space race possible (most of whom couldn't give a shit less about the politics). More Americans can probably name the entire Steelers offensive line than will ever even hear the name Sergey Korolyov [wikipedia.org].

    • Well, for a while it was Un-American to know info about Russian stuff. They told us to ' back off and remain blissfully ignorant', so the average American said 'well, okay then'.

      • Re: Average American (Score:4, Informative)

        by GooberToo (74388) on Tuesday February 22, 2011 @11:09AM (#35279324)

        Well, for a while it was Un-American to know info about Russian stuff.

        Even more so, the Russians filtered everything and propagandized what was released through the iron curtain. It wasn't even until the 1980s that people had a chance to really learn the history of the Russian space program.

        And according to recent books and documentaries by Nova, some of that isn't truly accurate either.

    • by timepilot (116247)

      Sad. Not only that, but it's likely that more Americans can name the Steelers offensive line than will ever even hear the name Wernher Von Braun. You see, our stupidity knows no borders.

      • by Takichi (1053302)
        Is it really any different anywhere else? If you polled any community in any country I'm guessing a majority would know more about their sports teams compared to the history of rockets and space exploration. It really is a case of "our stupidity knows no borders."
    • by Abstrackt (609015)
      The space race was all about politics when the US and USSR were barely on speaking terms. There's no denying what the engineers behind these projects accomplished but it was the arms race that made the space race (and those engineers' achievements) possible.
    • by Threni (635302)

      The first dog to be killed in obit? Meh. Kids are putting stuff almost into orbit now. Landing a man on the moon, and bringing him back in one piece? That's a little harder. I mean, there must be an order or 5 of magnitude difference between the two otherwise the Russians would have ticked that one off the list too, right?

      • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 22, 2011 @11:07AM (#35279306)

        Kids are putting stuff almost into orbit now.

        weatherbaloon + digital camera + GPS equiped phone flying below 20 miles != orbit, hell, it doesnt even qualify as space by any reasonable definition

         

        Landing a man on the moon, and bringing him back in one piece? That's a little harder. I mean, there must be an order or 5 of magnitude difference between the two otherwise the Russians would have ticked that one off the list too, right?

        The russians WERE working on that quite hard, but political infighting between seperate teams proposing different heavy lift rockets, combined with them picking a slightly problematic design for the actual launcher (the N1 had 30 engines just for its first stage), which produced four unsuccesfull test launches, before the US actually planted their flag on the moon, pretty much killed the russians in the race to put a man on the moon.

        Basically, they gambled on the wrong design and lost

        • by SirWinston (54399)

          The russians WERE working on that quite hard, but political infighting between seperate teams proposing different heavy lift rockets, combined with them picking a slightly problematic design for the actual launcher (the N1 had 30 engines just for its first stage), which produced....

          Why does this sound so familiar and timely? Oh yeah, because the USA has been killing its space program in a similar way for years now.

          Fuck, just get a few billion in corporate advertising partnerships and use it to get us to Mars orbit already, where we can at least manipulate some probes usefully in realtime instead of leaving them to roam around with huge lag and probably missing 90% of the potentially interesting stuff they could be examining. And recover some material to bring back to Earth for life

    • by SilkBD (533537)
      Don't mistaken apathy for ignorance... the average American just doesn't give a sh|t about Soviet "firsts"
    • by MrLizard (95131)

      "The idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone, every century but this, and every country but his own. He never shall be missed! No he never shall be missed."

      (Yeah, I'm altering the quote slightly to complete the verse. Ask me if I care.)

      Or, in other words, stop trying to impress people by being oh-so-cool and holier-than-thou. I'm surprised no one's bothered posting something like "Why are we celebrating space travel when it wasted BILLIONS of DOLLARS when there were people STARVING and there was SLAUGHTER

    • Typical American shit. We only celebrate NASA's accomplishments (or joint NASA/Russian missions).

      Go to Russia, and you'll find pretty much the same thing. Nationalism isn't limited to America, not by a long shot. Hell, go to Canada and ask 'em about the Shuttle - but be seated and have a beverage at hand because odds are you're going to be treated to 15 minute spiel about the Shuttle and Station robotic arms.

      The average American knows jackshit about all the Soviet "firsts" and accomplishments (bas

    • Which Steelers offensive line? The Steelers only had one guy who started all 19 games for them this year, and he wasn't a member of the team last year. I think you're vastly over-estimating how many people could keep track of their starting 5 for any particular week this year.
    • You sound mad.
  • by NixieBunny (859050) on Tuesday February 22, 2011 @10:26AM (#35278830) Homepage
    So was my twin brother. Hmm... two suits. Birthday presents for each other?
    • by Anonymous Coward

      I hope you and your brother have fun in your birthday suits.

  • Can I get free shipping if I use "Buy it now". What about local pickup?
    Oh, and can you post picture of the back of the suits?

  • A penny?

    But the $125,000 shipping charge is a little pricey.

  • by Willuz (1246698)
    So basically they peed and crapped in their pants and now you want to buy them and probably wear them?
  • For sale:
    Space suit,
    never worn.

    (Hat-tip [snopes.com] to Ernest H.)

  • by Keruo (771880) on Tuesday February 22, 2011 @11:23AM (#35279510)
    Have spacesuit - Will Travel
    • by mjwx (966435)

      Have spacesuit - Will Travel

      I hope Mr Travel enjoys his spacesuit.

  • Many Bonhams died to bring you this information.
  • by wcrowe (94389)

    I was afraid the headline was from an East Texas CraigsList ad.

  • Hardly news... Sotherby's first sold a bunch of Russan space hardware (including several space suits) in New York back in 1993,

    [reference] http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F0061EF93A5A0C718DDDAB0994DB494D81 [nytimes.com]

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