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Two Slightly Used Space Suits For Sale

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the but-you-can't-wear-it-out dept.

Space 60

cylonlover writes "More space history will go on sale in New York on May 5 when Bonhams will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Alan Shepard's historic mission in Freedom 7 with a Space Sale. Some early highlights of the sale include a Sokol K spacesuit worn by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov during the historic 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Project (the symbolic end to the Space Race) and a Sokol KV-2 spacesuit worn by Gennadi Strekalov during a 1990 mission to the Mir space station."

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Apollo 1 flight suits also (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35278540)

It's a "fire sale"

Re:Apollo 1 flight suits also (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35278578)

too soon

Re:Apollo 1 flight suits also (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35278986)

www.Niels-Stensen-Gymnasium.de

Re:Apollo 1 flight suits also (0)

scharkalvin (72228) | more than 3 years ago | (#35278674)

That's about as funny as a submarine with screen doors.
Would you believe a cigarette machine in a cancer ward?

Re:Apollo 1 flight suits also (1)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279170)

"Would you believe a cigarette machine in a cancer ward?"

Where else are the smokers in a hospital?

Re:Apollo 1 flight suits also (1)

atrain728 (1835698) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281780)

Standing just outside every entrance?

Re:Apollo 1 flight suits also (1)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 3 years ago | (#35284654)

The smokers who are missing several limbs already?
Where I live, yep!

Re:Apollo 1 flight suits also (0)

An ominous Cow art (320322) | more than 3 years ago | (#35278690)

The Russians certainly believe in over-engineering their space suits [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Apollo 1 flight suits also (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35283268)

The lulz is strong with this one.

I'll take one (3, Insightful)

paiute (550198) | more than 3 years ago | (#35278616)

Kip Russell said he would fix it up for me.

Re:I'll take one (1)

jbernardo (1014507) | more than 3 years ago | (#35278660)

Isn't he busy with Peewee Reisfeld?

Re:I'll take one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35279310)

Stay where you are!

Wormface

Re:I'll take one (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281298)

I heard he was busy over on Vega.

Re:I'll take one (1)

guyminuslife (1349809) | more than 3 years ago | (#35282020)

Better scrub it up with some Skyway soap.

I have good memories of that book. One night, as a kid, I mysteriously found it on my pillow. I had never even heard of Heinlein before. But I started reading it that night, must have been captivated into the wee hours of the morning. Would Kip make it off Pluto? Was the Mother Thing actually kind of creepy? What the hell was up with Madame Pompadour?

Sometime later, my dad came up to me, grinning, and asked me how I liked it.

Re:I'll take one (1)

Kittenman (971447) | more than 3 years ago | (#35284112)

Better scrub it up with some Skyway soap.

Highway or byway, there's no soap like Skyway!

Can't believe he didn't win the competition with that slogan.

Pretty sweet deal! (1)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 3 years ago | (#35278714)

They should fetch more than the "slightly peed into" suit Doctor Venture is trying to sell at his super science yard sale.

Re:Pretty sweet deal! (4, Informative)

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) | more than 3 years ago | (#35278902)

But a pissed-in suit would be perfectly appropriate for the 50th anniversary of Shepard's flight.

While lying on his back for hours waiting for his 15-minute flight, he had to relieve himself into his suit. After that incident, NASA started putting urine collection bags into the spacesuits.

I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (4, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35278754)

Typical American shit. We only celebrate NASA's accomplishments (or joint NASA/Russian missions). The average American knows jackshit about all the Soviet "firsts" and accomplishments (basically everything but the first man on the moon). It's an insult to the engineering geniuses that made the space race possible (most of whom couldn't give a shit less about the politics). More Americans can probably name the entire Steelers offensive line than will ever even hear the name Sergey Korolyov [wikipedia.org] .

Re: Average American (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#35278900)

Well, for a while it was Un-American to know info about Russian stuff. They told us to ' back off and remain blissfully ignorant', so the average American said 'well, okay then'.

Re: Average American (3, Informative)

GooberToo (74388) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279324)

Well, for a while it was Un-American to know info about Russian stuff.

Even more so, the Russians filtered everything and propagandized what was released through the iron curtain. It wasn't even until the 1980s that people had a chance to really learn the history of the Russian space program.

And according to recent books and documentaries by Nova, some of that isn't truly accurate either.

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35278954)

qq

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (2)

timepilot (116247) | more than 3 years ago | (#35278968)

Sad. Not only that, but it's likely that more Americans can name the Steelers offensive line than will ever even hear the name Wernher Von Braun. You see, our stupidity knows no borders.

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (1)

Takichi (1053302) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279342)

Is it really any different anywhere else? If you polled any community in any country I'm guessing a majority would know more about their sports teams compared to the history of rockets and space exploration. It really is a case of "our stupidity knows no borders."

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279002)

The space race was all about politics when the US and USSR were barely on speaking terms. There's no denying what the engineers behind these projects accomplished but it was the arms race that made the space race (and those engineers' achievements) possible.

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279072)

The first dog to be killed in obit? Meh. Kids are putting stuff almost into orbit now. Landing a man on the moon, and bringing him back in one piece? That's a little harder. I mean, there must be an order or 5 of magnitude difference between the two otherwise the Russians would have ticked that one off the list too, right?

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35279306)

Kids are putting stuff almost into orbit now.

weatherbaloon + digital camera + GPS equiped phone flying below 20 miles != orbit, hell, it doesnt even qualify as space by any reasonable definition

 

Landing a man on the moon, and bringing him back in one piece? That's a little harder. I mean, there must be an order or 5 of magnitude difference between the two otherwise the Russians would have ticked that one off the list too, right?

The russians WERE working on that quite hard, but political infighting between seperate teams proposing different heavy lift rockets, combined with them picking a slightly problematic design for the actual launcher (the N1 had 30 engines just for its first stage), which produced four unsuccesfull test launches, before the US actually planted their flag on the moon, pretty much killed the russians in the race to put a man on the moon.

Basically, they gambled on the wrong design and lost

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (1)

SirWinston (54399) | more than 3 years ago | (#35283486)

The russians WERE working on that quite hard, but political infighting between seperate teams proposing different heavy lift rockets, combined with them picking a slightly problematic design for the actual launcher (the N1 had 30 engines just for its first stage), which produced....

Why does this sound so familiar and timely? Oh yeah, because the USA has been killing its space program in a similar way for years now.

Fuck, just get a few billion in corporate advertising partnerships and use it to get us to Mars orbit already, where we can at least manipulate some probes usefully in realtime instead of leaving them to roam around with huge lag and probably missing 90% of the potentially interesting stuff they could be examining. And recover some material to bring back to Earth for life signs analysis, instead of baking it on Mars in a wholly inadequate process.

Seriously, if the USA announced a manned mission to Mars for a certain near but doable year and presold some corporate sponsorships, NASA's funding problems would go away. Why not put corporate money to good use for a change? I don't care if their damn spacesuits say Google on the back and they call it "the Mars Orbiter brought to you by Microsoft" as long as they actually get there before I'm bloodywell dead.

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (1)

SilkBD (533537) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279174)

Don't mistaken apathy for ignorance... the average American just doesn't give a sh|t about Soviet "firsts"

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35279406)

Well, maybe. But what about humankind firsts?

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35279252)

So, you are saying that we should celebrate the guy who developed the ICBM's that were designed to destroy us?

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (2)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279446)

As opposed to Wernher Von Braun and his spotless history, you mean?

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35279454)

You Americans never seemed to have a problem with the guy who designed the missiles that were actually used on us.

--A Londoner

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (1)

paiute (550198) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279646)

You Americans never seemed to have a problem with the guy who designed the missiles that were actually used on us.

--A Londoner

Widows and orphans who owe their large pensions, etc.

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (1)

MrLizard (95131) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279444)

"The idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone, every century but this, and every country but his own. He never shall be missed! No he never shall be missed."

(Yeah, I'm altering the quote slightly to complete the verse. Ask me if I care.)

Or, in other words, stop trying to impress people by being oh-so-cool and holier-than-thou. I'm surprised no one's bothered posting something like "Why are we celebrating space travel when it wasted BILLIONS of DOLLARS when there were people STARVING and there was SLAUGHTER in Vietnam and how can ANYONE be proud of ANYTHING America does when we're still KILLING BABY DUCKS with our IMPERALIST SPY DRONES?!?!?!?!?!" (For best effect, you must read this while choking back tears because you just can't stand the inhumanity of it all and your rage at how no one CARES. At least not as much as you.)

Sure it'll be posted soon, however.

On, in other other words.... dude, chill. But if you'd rather celebrate the engineers responsible for the space race, we can all sing the praises of Wernher Von Braun. Has he learned Chinese yet?

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35279574)

"(Yeah, I'm altering the quote slightly to complete the verse. Ask me if I care.)"

Do you care?

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35279448)

I for one, being a researcher that doesn't care about politics outside my own limited bubble required to acquire resources with which to research - could not name either, though I thank you for sharing.

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280050)

Typical Russian shit. We only celebrate Soviet accomplishments (or joint Soviet/NASA missions). The average Russian knows jackshit about all the American "firsts" and accomplishments (first man on the moon, first private spaceflight, Voyager). It's an insult to the engineering geniuses that made the space race possible (most of whom couldn't give a shit less about the politics). More Russians can probably name the entire FC Spartak Moscow lineup than will ever even hear the name Wernher von Braun [wikipedia.org].

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 3 years ago | (#35286556)

I'd have gone with Robert Goddard, not von Braun, if you want to talk about underknown (is that a word? it should be) American space pioneers.

Russia? Who cares? (0)

cstanley8899 (1998614) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280590)

America is what gets my dick hard so I don't give a fuck.

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280944)

The Museum of Flight in Seattle may surprise you. It's not perfect for either US or Russian space flight, but they have limited space and it's a lot more than you're trying to make out in your post.

The other thing about you post I'm trying to wrap my head around is why wouldn't the US celebrate the first American in space? I can only assume that the Russians celebrate Yuri Gagarin, but not the Americans being the first to land on the moon?

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281274)

Typical American shit. We only celebrate NASA's accomplishments (or joint NASA/Russian missions).

Go to Russia, and you'll find pretty much the same thing. Nationalism isn't limited to America, not by a long shot. Hell, go to Canada and ask 'em about the Shuttle - but be seated and have a beverage at hand because odds are you're going to be treated to 15 minute spiel about the Shuttle and Station robotic arms.
 

The average American knows jackshit about all the Soviet "firsts" and accomplishments (basically everything but the first man on the moon).

Well, other than exaggerating about the Soviet firsts and accomplishments... So what? They didn't accomplish much other than firsts. Great propaganda (which you've bought into hook, line, and sinker), but no followup and not really useful for exploration or exploitation. Their most significant 'accomplishment' in that respect, the stations they launched from the 70's through the 90's is forever marred by their lack of documentation - meaning there can be few or nor lessons learned.

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (1)

atrain728 (1835698) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281836)

Which Steelers offensive line? The Steelers only had one guy who started all 19 games for them this year, and he wasn't a member of the team last year. I think you're vastly over-estimating how many people could keep track of their starting 5 for any particular week this year.

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35282656)

What is a "Steeler"?

  - signed
      Rocket Scientist

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (1)

Thing I am (761900) | more than 3 years ago | (#35284764)

You sound mad.

Re:I'd rather celebrate the first *man* in space (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35286686)

The proper retort is "Why U mad?"
Now go back to 4chan and keep practicing.

I was born the day Alan Shepard went up (2)

NixieBunny (859050) | more than 3 years ago | (#35278830)

So was my twin brother. Hmm... two suits. Birthday presents for each other?

Re:I was born the day Alan Shepard went up (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35281540)

I hope you and your brother have fun in your birthday suits.

coole schule (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35278904)

coole schule

-

www.Niels-Stensen-Gymnasium.de

-

coole schule

Free shipping? (1)

xgr3gx (1068984) | more than 3 years ago | (#35278974)

Can I get free shipping if I use "Buy it now". What about local pickup?
Oh, and can you post picture of the back of the suits?

First bid... (1)

Chapter80 (926879) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279004)

A penny?

But the $125,000 shipping charge is a little pricey.

Yuck (2)

Willuz (1246698) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279246)

So basically they peed and crapped in their pants and now you want to buy them and probably wear them?

A short poem (1)

paulproteus (112149) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279382)

For sale:
Space suit,
never worn.

(Hat-tip [snopes.com] to Ernest H.)

Have spacesuit.. (2)

Keruo (771880) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279510)

Have spacesuit - Will Travel

Re:Have spacesuit.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35283048)

Ah, yes. The first sci-fi book I ever read (either that or Red Planet). As dated as they are, ya gotta love Heinlein's juveniles.

Re:Have spacesuit.. (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 3 years ago | (#35286644)

Have spacesuit - Will Travel

I hope Mr Travel enjoys his spacesuit.

Bonhams (1)

KevinDean (855785) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279738)

Many Bonhams died to bring you this information.

Sokol series: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35281180)

Not too special in and of themselves. They're designed for life suppourt in emergency cases, such as loss of cabin pressure. They're very light and not intended for EVA / use outside of the space vehicle.

Whew! (1)

wcrowe (94389) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281926)

I was afraid the headline was from an East Texas CraigsList ad.

Re:Whew! (1)

Onuma (947856) | more than 3 years ago | (#35283298)

Houston, we have a problem.
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