Vintage SovietEra Space Capsule For Sale Slightly Used

first_img[image via Wikimedia Commons]Have a few million dollars and a penchant for collecting space-age gadgets? Better head to Sotheby’s in New York City on April 12th. The auction house is selling a 50-year-old Russian space capsule that blasted off just three weeks before the first human did. The Vostok 3KA-2 on the auction block is exactly identical to the Vostok 3KA-3 that carried the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, into Earth’s orbit. In fact, this capsule provided the final test-flight before Gagarin made it into the history books, according to this Reuters article on the sale.The interior has a not-so-spacious 8 foot diameter constructed out of aluminum alloy, making it a cozy little place to play cosmonaut.It’s not quite in mint condition, however. The capsule sports burn marks from the hot reentry into Earth’s atmosphere and the equipment in the interior has been removed for what the Russian news service RIA Novosti calls “security reasons”. Still, this Soviet space-race relic is expected to sell anywhere between $2 million and $10 million, not a bad chunk of cash for its anonymous owner.Even though the spacecraft didn’t carry a person into free-fall around Earth, that doesn’t mean it was entirely without passengers. When it first launched the Vostok 3KA-2 held a mannequin and a dog by the name of Zvezdochka. Both made it safely back to Earth, unharmed by the single orbit the capsule took before landing. [via Reuters, Space.com]last_img read more