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Article: 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Space Aficionado

2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Space Aficionado

From astronauts' signed memoirs, original NASA photographs and Apollo coffee table books, augmented reality paired moon models, and galactic cufflinks, these gifts are truly out of this world. We selected gifts that are sure to inspire and thrill the Space aficionados in your life and celebrate our nation's rich history of space exploration. 

Mercury 7 Signed Lithograph, Limited Edition #513/1500, Circa 1988

Mercury 7 Signed Lithograph, Limited Edition #513/1500, Circa 1988

This iconic Mercury Seven color lithograph, by artist George Bishop, is a signed limited edition collector's piece celebrating America's seven first space pioneers; the seven chosen astronauts for Project Mercury and the race to space with the Soviet Union. The Mercury Seven were made up of Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, and Gordon Cooper. This poster has been hand signed in pencil by six of these seven astronauts, with Betty Grissom signing for Gus Grissom. This signed lithograph is perfect for the space nuts who love early NASA history.

Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race by David Scott and Alexei Leonov, First U.S. Edition, Signed by Scott, 2004

Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race by David Scott and Alexei Leonov, First U.S. Edition, Signed by Scott, 2004

Growing up on either side of the Iron Curtain, astronaut David Scott and cosmonaut Alexei Leonov experienced very different upbringings but shared a love of flying. In this unique dual autobiographical account, Scott and Leonov recount their lives and careers exploring space. These parallel tales of adventure and heroism reveal the drama of one of the most ambitious contests ever embarked on by man- the race to space- set against the clash of Russian communism and Western democracy. "Two Sides of the Moon is unique among space histories. If you are looking for a balanced, interesting, and personal account of the American and Soviet space programs during the 1960s and 1970s this is it" (Astronomy Magazine). 

Apollo VII - XVII
From some 27,000 NASA images, the book’s authors have curated 225 of the most remarkable Apollo mission pictures, creating a uniquely vivid document of one of the most seminal events of the 20th century. Accompanying these extraordinary Apollo photographs are little-known insider facts and fascinating insights into the Apollo missions, including a detailed foreword from NASA astronaut, Walter Cunningham. Not only a must-have book for fans of air and space travel, Apollo VII–XVII is a hit for anyone interested in photography, pop culture, and modern history.
Charlie Duke Signed Photograph of Apollo 16 Moonwalk
This is a spectacular original Apollo 16 mission photograph, signed and inscribed by Apollo 16 moonwalker Charlie Duke. The photograph shows Duke collecting lunar samples next to Plum Crater on the Moon. The photograph is inscribed in felt-tip gold ink and reads, in full, “It may have been ‘One Small Step’ for Neil, and ‘One Giant Leap for Mankind’ but for me, I was just happy that we successfully landed our lunar module ‘Orion' on the moon's dusty soil! Charlie Duke, Apollo 16 Moonwalker, Apollo 11 Capcom.” 
Apollo 11 Moon Landing Leather Journal

To celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the first lunar landing, we teamed up with expert leather makers Tactile Craftworks to design a special Apollo 11 commemorative journal.  The journal design features a striking lunar map of the Moon's surface. The map starts at the front flap and extend to the back of the journal. Neil Armstrong's quote "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" is stamped on the front at lower left. Each journal is refillable and includes a lined Moleskine notebook which can be replaced again and again. A great gift for space lovers of all ages!

 First on the Moon: A Voyage with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., First Edition, 1970

First on the Moon: A Voyage with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., First Edition in Original Dust Jacket, 1970

This is a stated first edition and first printing of First on the Moon written by the astronauts, Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin. The three authors and astronauts were the men who successfully carried out the Apollo 11 mission that landed men on the Moon on July 20, 1969. During the mission, Armstrong was the first to step onto the Moon’s surface, quickly followed by Aldrin. Meanwhile, Collins manned the ship and was the second man to orbit the moon. The mission marked a major milestone for the United States and the world. An awe-inspiring tale, this book is a classic and should be in every space collection!

Lunar Pro

Lunar Pro AR Moon Model 

The Lunar Pro is the world’s first smart Moon model to feature high-resolution topography. With Lunar Pro, you can explore and learn about the Moon's landmarks with an incredibly accurate hand-held moon model, all while enjoying Augmented Reality features and content. Bring the moon into reality by touching the 3D surface. Discover the moon’s seas, craters, and dead volcanoes, all with your hands. Paired with its own Augmented Reality App, the Lunar Pro is the ultimate way to explore, learn, and interact with the moon, its amazing landmarks, and it's lunar landing and research history.

The Mystery of Mars, by Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy, Signed by Ride, Second Edition, 2006

The Mystery of Mars, by Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy, Signed by Ride, Second Edition, 2006

In this signed printing of The Mystery of Mars, pioneering astronaut Sally Ride and noted science writer Tam O'Shaughnessy draw on results from then-recent missions to Mars to present a comprehensive overview of Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor. Comparing the two planets’ evolution, geology, and geography, the two authors explain what we know about Mars today and what we can hope to learn about Mars in the future, including whether life does exist somewhere beneath its barren surface. The Mystery of Mars is an engaging and accessible introduction to the Red Planet, and an ideal guide to the coming age of Mars exploration.

Milky Way Cufflinks

Milky Way Cufflinks

Galileo Galilei first resolved the band of light known as the Milky Way into individual stars with his telescope in 1610. Until the early 1920s, most astronomers thought that the Milky Way contained all the stars in the UniverseFollowing observations by Edwin Hubble, we came to know that the Milky Way is just one of many galaxies. As the home to our solar system, we think the Milky Way is beautiful and astounding, so we made Milky Way cufflinks to celebrate its many yet-to-be-discovered wonders. Gift a pair this holiday season!

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