59. Space & Moon Flags and Artifacts



Flags have long been used on the land and out at sea and at first glance it would seem that they have only limited utility when they are airborne, but they have been used since man first took to the air in balloons!

Achievements in flight space in the last century certainly rank among humanity's greatest technological and scientific achievements. In the early days of aviation, flags were actually attached to aircraft. For practical reasons this practice was discontinued but flags continued to be carried as both personal and commemorative mementos by pilots.

Representing this practice is a pair of flags flown around the world in 1938 by the American businessman pilot, aerospace engineer, film maker and philanthropist Howard Hughes, arguably one of the most influential individuals in aviation history. The flags were part of a promotion for the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

The practice of taking flags has continued into the era of space travel. Fully-documented space flags and artifacts are extremely rare, relative to virtually any other established category of historically significant "earthly" collectibles and among space collectibles, "flown" flags from any mission are highly desirable.

This Grouping contains one of the rarest of space collectibles, a U.S. flag flown to and displayed on the lunar surface and then returned to earth – made even more significant because it was done by “America’s First Man in Space” astronaut Alan Shepard.

This Grouping also contains flags, photographs and artifacts from each of the U.S. space programs: Mercury; Gemini; Apollo; Skylab and the Space Shuttle, as well the Soviet Space program.

The most impressive non-flag artifact is one of Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 Mission Hasselblad Cameras that was previously acquired by the photographic historian Jack Naylor.

The Grouping also contains a space mystery the Space Disintegration Flag – a flag from the personal collection of Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell that began to disintegrate while in storage.

 

Space Flags and Artifacts Grouping

 



29 RESULTS
Item Ref Item Name Sub-Collection
U.S. 50 Star Apollo 14 Flag - EVA Moon Flag 1971. ZFC2521 U.S. 50 Star Apollo 14 Flag - EVA Moon Flag 1971. Space & Lunar
Illustrated Astronomy Lunar Plates. ZFC3459 Illustrated Astronomy Lunar Plates. Space & Lunar
U.S. 48 Star Flag - Howard Hughes New York ZFC3062 U.S. 48 Star Flag - Howard Hughes New York Howard Hughes
US // Howard Hughes & Crew / Houston Airport ZFC3064 US // Howard Hughes & Crew / Houston Airport Howard Hughes
U.S. 1939 World's Fair ZFC3063 U.S. 1939 World's Fair "Round the World Flight" Howard Hughes
NASA - Buzz Aldrin Autographed Photo. ZFC3189 NASA - Buzz Aldrin Autographed Photo. Space & Lunar
US // Mercury Seven Astronauts / Print ZFC2524 US // Mercury Seven Astronauts / Print Space & Lunar
United States 50 Star Flag  Faith 7 ZFC2596 United States 50 Star Flag Faith 7 Space & Lunar
Gemini 9 - U.S. 50 Star, Earth Orbit Flown Flag. ZFC2516 Gemini 9 - U.S. 50 Star, Earth Orbit Flown Flag. Space & Lunar
United States 50 star Flag - Apollo VII CM ZFC2517 United States 50 star Flag - Apollo VII CM Space & Lunar
U.S. Flag - Apollo 10 Mission Control. ZFC2597 U.S. Flag - Apollo 10 Mission Control. Space & Lunar
US Astronaut Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 Hasselblad ZFC2525 US Astronaut Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 Hasselblad Space & Lunar
NASA - Buzz Aldrin Autographed Photo. ZFC3190 NASA - Buzz Aldrin Autographed Photo. Space & Lunar
United States // NASA / Crew Baseball Cap ZFC2526 United States // NASA / Crew Baseball Cap Space & Lunar
USSR National Flag - Salyut 6, 1978. ZFC3152 USSR National Flag - Salyut 6, 1978. Space & Lunar
United States 50 Star Flag - Apollo 13. ZFC2518 United States 50 Star Flag - Apollo 13. Space & Lunar
Apollo 14 - 50 Star, Moon Flag, February 5, 1971 ZFC2519 Apollo 14 - 50 Star, Moon Flag, February 5, 1971 Space & Lunar
U.S 50 Star Flag - Apollo 14 LM. ZFC3550 U.S 50 Star Flag - Apollo 14 LM. Space & Lunar
Apollo 14 Photograph - Edgar Mitchell. ZFC3551 Apollo 14 Photograph - Edgar Mitchell. Space & Lunar
NASA Pre-Apollo 14 Mission Photo - Edgar Mitchell. ZFC3192 NASA Pre-Apollo 14 Mission Photo - Edgar Mitchell. Space & Lunar
Apollo 17 Lunar Panorama. ZFC2522 Apollo 17 Lunar Panorama. Space & Lunar
U.S. 50 Star Flag Apollo 14 - CM Kittyhawk ZFC2568 U.S. 50 Star Flag Apollo 14 - CM Kittyhawk Space & Lunar
U.S. Apollo 16 framed photo display. ZFC3188 U.S. Apollo 16 framed photo display. Space & Lunar
U.S. Apollo 17 autographed photo last lunar flag ZFC2520 U.S. Apollo 17 autographed photo last lunar flag Space & Lunar
NASA Apollo 17 Mission Photo - Gene Cernan. ZFC3193 NASA Apollo 17 Mission Photo - Gene Cernan. Space & Lunar
U.S. 50-Star Flag - Space Shuttle ZFC3137 U.S. 50-Star Flag - Space Shuttle "Columbia". Space & Lunar
US // Apollo 11 / 20th Anniversary Stamp ZFC3191 US // Apollo 11 / 20th Anniversary Stamp Space & Lunar
Half Plate Daguerreotype of Full Moon. ZFC2523 Half Plate Daguerreotype of Full Moon. Space & Lunar
U.S. Apollo 14 EVA Flag Provenance / ZFC2521. ZFC2595 U.S. Apollo 14 EVA Flag Provenance / ZFC2521. Space & Lunar

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