Lapel Pins Lot 6 (More Missions)
Winning Bid: $60.00
AUCTION CONCLUDED and SOLD. This is an auction for one lot of lapel pins as shown, and this collection is dubbed “More Missions”. Scroll down for details. I reserve the right to make corrections as needed after the auction starts.
Item condition: Used
There are some duplicates in this set from other sets. From left to right…
- Top Row: Hubble Space Telescope (launched 1990) in molded 3-D. NASA-ESA’s joint mission Ulysses (launched 1990). A different Ulysses pin (unusual for a mission pin: it has a plastic dome over a photo rather than enamel inlays; the bottom line reads “A Solar Polar Odyssey”). Really pretty JPL “launching from Earth” pin, 1990ish.
- Second Row: A gold-tone NASA worm logo, probably around 1990. Genesis (“Search for Origins”), launched 2001 and returned with solar wind samples 2004 (Note: This looks like it’s black on black, but it’s black on gold. See separate photo below). TOPEX/Poseidon mission (launched 1992). SIRTF (Space Infrared Telescope Facility) mission, launched 2003, renamed Spitzer Space Telescope; mission ended 2020. Cool and tiny TDRSS pin (pronounced “Tee-Driss” — Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System), which is a satellite constellation that allows constant communication between Mission Control and Shuttle, and later the International Space Station.
- Third Row: Unusual: a NSRS (NASA Safety Reporting System: NSRS “confidential voluntary responsive”). Galileo Earth Encounter 1990. Mars Sojourner rover (launched 1996, landed 1997, probably purchased in early/mid-90s). Magellan mission (launched 1989). And my all-time favorite mission pin, the black and gold Galileo — one of the few I’m keeping a copy of.
- Bottom: Voyager ’s encounter with Neptune (1989, which I got to watch live on internal monitors). Voyager Grand Tour (probably late 80s). The Galileo S/L-9 pin refers to its observations of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 slamming into Jupiter in 1994 (Galileo arrived at Jupiter in 1995). Space station, see discussion here. A really cool and extra-large Deep Space Network 50 Year anniversary pin (2013, given to me by a friend who still works at JPL); JPL runs DSN to get data from spacecraft, and it has stations around the world so that any spacecraft is in “view” at any time: in California, Spain, and Australia (with flags shown). I very briefly worked on a software project for the DSN, and got to fly out to the California station at Ft. Irwin (flying with the rest of the team on “NASA 7” — a King-Air twin owned by NASA) to see the antennas and control stations.
How much is this worth? No idea whatever, hence the auction. I will also provide a signed letter describing the provenance. The starting price is $30, the increment is $7.50, and there is no reserve. It’s sold “as-is,” and domestic shipping is a flat $10 (Priority with tracking number).
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Auction has finished
Highest bidder was: Joseph Terranova
|September 19, 2023 2:30 pm||$60.00||Joseph Terranova|
|September 18, 2023 10:03 pm||$52.50||Vikingwife1|
|September 18, 2023 9:30 pm||$45.00||twisdtrue|
|September 18, 2023 8:45 pm||$37.50||Joseph Terranova|
|September 16, 2023 12:31 am||$30.00||Vikingwife1|
|September 11, 2023 2:00 pm||Auction started|