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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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A test-fired Apollo rocket engine, made by Rocketdyne out of steel and ablative material, sold for $6100. A set of 12 of these engines provided the Apollo command module with rotation control, rate damping, and attitude control after separation from the service module and during reentry.
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