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NASA history for sale at the Astronaut Store

November 27, 2010 | 11:26 am

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Want a chunk of the heat shield from the space capsule during the Apollo program?

You’re in luck. The Astronaut Store has got you covered.

With signed portraits of astronauts and items from nearly every era of space travel, the online store has gifts for even the most discerning NASA fanboy. Relic

Pick up a signed picture of John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth. Or get an autographed snapshot of Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon. Prices range from $40 to $150.

The store also offers pieces of spacecraft that reached the black sky in its Space Artifact Series. There are relics such as bits of a map used on the Moon and hunks of a tire belonging to the space shuttle.

Shoppers are buying NASA history, but they could be influencing the agency’s future.

Sales from the store benefit the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit set up by astronauts. Since 1984, the foundation has provided more than $3 million in college scholarships for students who exhibit exceptional performance in science and technology.

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Images, from top: A print, dubbed "Moontage," signed by an astronaut representing each program -- John Glenn, James McDivitt, James Lovell and Buzz Aldrin. The Space Artifact series. Credit: The Astronaut Store

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