Space collectors will be eagerly marking their calendars for the scheduled Spring Auction of Space Memorabilia in favour of the Astronaut Scholarship Fund. Bidding runs from March 9-17.
The auction is not yet taking bids, but the range of space memorabilia and 'astronaut experiences' is already listed, and some of them are humdingers.
For a start, how about a flown space suit?
That's right; a space suit worn by John Blaha for his trip to the Russian MIR Space Station is up for grabs. Specifically, it's a 0G (zero gravity) space suit from the Russian Federal Space Agency.
John Blaha spent four months on the MIR Space Station and this was one of the two suits he wore, this being the one for special occasions such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve.
It bears an American flag on one sleeve and Russian one on the other, and likewise a MIR patch on once breast pocket and a NASA one on the other.
The suit, which has a range of zipped pockets all the way down its length, is lined with weights in various places. This encouraged astronauts to use muscles which could otherwise get little exercise during the trip, and thus make a significant difference to bone density by the time they returned to Earth.
Collectors on the look-out for space suits will be excited to know that we have the training suit of the one and only Buzz Aldrin - signed by the man himself - currently available for sale.