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Rob Joyner

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posted 10-11-2008 07:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone know if Richard Garriott is carrying anything his dad had with him on his Skylab mission?

Has any astronaut brought any previously flown item, personal or otherwise, back up into space?

Robert Pearlman

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posted 10-11-2008 08:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Richard is carrying items that flew on both of Owen's missions, including some Skylab Manned Flight Awareness medallions. I'll have an article on that subject coming soon.

In general, I've found that twice (thrice and more!) flown items are not uncommon among the current shuttle, Soyuz and station crews.

As an example, the 'zero-g indicator' hung by Soyuz TMA-13 commander Yuri Lonchakov in his spacecraft, a small white polar bear, previously flew with him on Soyuz TMA-1. The doll was a gift from his son.

Rick Mulheirn

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posted 10-12-2008 04:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to acquire from Walt Cunningham a 6"x4" silk US flag that he carried aboard Apollo 7... which was subsequently flown again aboard Apollo 15/Endeavor by Jim Irwin.


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posted 10-12-2008 05:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which makes me wonder if there's any chance of my STS-1 flag going up on the final shuttle flight... (one can dream!)

Jay Chladek

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posted 10-26-2008 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chances are probably very good that will happen I would say if the proper arrangements are made.

One recent story I found out about a "twice flown" item involved the original Navy bell onboard the ISS (it has been replaced by another bell that sounds better and that bell is in use today). The original bell had a hole drilled in it and in there were slivers of metal from two US Naval Academy class rings and a tiny piece of metal from MIR. One of the class ring pieces was from Alan Shepherd's ring. As for the second one, I can't say just yet (when my UNP series book is published, you might find out then). So that original bell had a piece of something that not only circled the Earth, but also quite probably had a piece of something that went to the moon and back as well (assuming Al took his ring to the moon with him and maybe on that first sub-orbital flight).


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posted 10-27-2008 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by Rob Joyner:
Has any astronaut brought any previously flown item, personal or otherwise, back up into space?
Pete Conrad and Al Bean brought back the famous broken TV camera from the surface of the moon, which had previously flown on Apollo 10.

Lou Chinal

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posted 10-27-2008 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan Shepard wore his ring on both his sub-orbital flight and to the moon. He told me.

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