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Section Two: Astronaut Artifacts
STS-83 Flown Gap Filler


The winner of this lot will receive a small piece of gap filler that last flew as part of Space Shuttle Columbia on flight STS-83 in April 1997. This gap "filler sleeve" was removed and subsequently scrapped post-flight after it was noted to have been torn by approximately 3 inches.

STS-83's primary payload was the Microgravity Science Laboratory, a collection of experiments housed inside a European Spacehab module. During its 4 days in space, Columbia travelled 1.5 million miles as it made 64 orbits around the Earth.

Included with the gap filler is its NASA scrap paperwork, which has been further certified by space artifact expert Ken Havekotte, owner of the Space Coast Cover Service.


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