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The Spoils of Spaceflight

Space-faring artifacts sold at an April auction drew bucks big and small

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An aluminum fork and can opener used by the first man to orbit the Earth for a full day, cosmonaut Gherman Titov, sold for $5490. While NASA designed new food packaging and freeze-dried meals for its astronauts, Soviet engineers made a different choice: They simply took a child’s fork to lighten the load. The items are framed together with two photographs signed in Russian by Titov.
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