Gift Guide: 10 Gifts To Send A Space Fan Over The Moon

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts To Send A Space Fan Over The Moon

You have a space enthusiast in your family? Lucky you! There are tons of remarkable space gifts and collectible memorabilia out there you can surprise him or her with. The following 10 gift ideas may help you out when you need to choose the perfect present for your space fanboy/girl.

Space Launch System (SLS) 1/144 scale model + Orion EFT-1 patch

Celebrate the maiden voyage of the Orion crew module with a model of the powerful rocket that will send astronauts in NASA’s Orion Spacecraft beyond low-earth orbit into deep space, and an Exploration Flight Test One patch! Model measures 26.5 inches tall by 4.75 inches wide. $US300 + $US6.99 [KSC Space Shop+KSC Space Shop]

Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle 1/48 scale model

The model of America’s newest manned spacecraft measures over 14 inches across its solar panels and features all the thruster and antenna details, rotating solar panels, and official markings. $US529 [Proach Models]

You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes by Chris Hadfield

Astounding collection of orbital photographs taken by this decade’s most popular astronaut, from the International Space Station. This book “opens a singular window on our planet, using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement, the magnificence (and wit) of never-before-noticed landscapes, and the power of the natural forces shaping our world and the future of our species.” $US19.50 [Amazon]

Falcon 9 flying model kit

What? A 58 cm (22.8 in) tall model rocket that actually can be launched? SpaceX’s flagship spaceship has moulded nose cone, tail and transparent fins, full-colour pre-printed body tube, AAAND dual parachute recovery! $US29.00 [SpaceX]

5. “Is Anyone Out There?” art print by Alan Bean, signed by Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean

The fourth human who walked on the Moon paints the Apollo missions from a perspective no other can: as one who has been there. This print version of his painting is signed by Lunar module pilot Alan Bean himself. Any space enthusiast would love it on their wall. $US295 [Moonpans]

6. Raw Brass Fisher Space Pen

Surprise your starship trooper with a U.S. made, precision assembled, all brass and steel pen that writes at any angle, even in zero gravity, even in extreme temperatures from -30F to 250F. $US19.60 [Amazon]

Crawlerway Rocks

Give a piece of U.S. space history: embedded in acrylic, are thes stones from the Crawlerway at Launch Complex 39 at the Kennedy Space Center, surrounded by rocks crushed by the weight of the space shuttle and its mobile launch platform during the rollout of Atlantis, the final Shuttle mission, for STS-135 on June 1, 2011. $US69.95 [Retro Space Images]

Mercury Redstone 3 photo collection

This disc contains approximately 600 high-resolution, rarely seen images dug up from the depths of NASA archives. $US39.95 [Retro Space Images]

Mova Globes rotating Jupiter

The boss of our solar system can be the main attraction on any desk. This slowly rotating, realistic gas giant is simply beautiful (diameter: 4.5 inches). $US144.99 [Amazon]

Robert Crippen autographed space shuttle model

This 1/200th scale model of a fully stacked space shuttle has been signed by the legendary STS-1 astronaut. A portion of your purchase goes to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, for exceptional college students pursuing advanced degrees in science or engineering, is the best Christmas present for sure. $US225 [ASF]