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[i]His focus on a narrow subject has gained Jurek a most unique and nearly complete collection: space-flown two dollar bills signed by the astronauts who carried them.
Jurek compares owning a space-flown artifact to owning the maps or relics that accompanied such historic explorers as Ferdinand Magellan, Christopher Columbus, David Livingstone and Lewis and Clark. "I have the highest regard for the men and women who have dedicated their lives to exploring the universe, often at great personal risk," he says. "Humanity's first step off of Earth, accomplished in the early days of the great space race, is arguably the single most significant and dramatic human accomplishment of the 20th century. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to own items that made that journey."[/i]
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