Original Vostok, Sputnik, Gemini and Apollo Materials Highlight Heritage Auctions Spacefest III Simulcast Event

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DALLAS, TX.- A bolt of Yuri Gagarin’s Vostok Spacecraft, sheared by the heat of re-entering the atmosphere, along with a Sputnik 1 Tag from the Fourth Arm of the Satellite inscribed and initialed by Sergei Pavlovich Korolev and given to Oleg Ivanovsky, the head of the secret Sputnik program, headline Heritage Auctions‘ June 3 Signature(r) Space Exploration Auction, being held in Dallas and simulcast to Tucson, AZ in conjunction with Spacefest III. “The spring of 2011 marks a milestone in manned space travel, as it was 50 years ago in April that Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made mankind’s first foray into space with his orbital flight in Vostok 1,” said Michael Riley, Senior Historian at Heritage Auctions. “Less than a month later, on May 5, 1961, American astronaut Alan Shepard successfully completed a suborbital flight in Freedom 7. Twenty days after that JFK announced the goal of sending an American to the moon and back. The rac