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Forum:Hardware & Flown Items
Topic:Apollo 11 foil in "Mini Museum" [Kickstarter]
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Greggy_DI'd like to know how he is going to source 2000+ pieces of Apollo 11 kapton. Even if they are small, it is still going to add up to a considerable amount.
Robert PearlmanThe Kickstarter page notes the source of the kapton:
The mini museum sample was obtained directly from astronaut Buzz Aldrin during an auction in 2007.
Specifically, it was this Heritage auction lot for an 8.25" x 2" segment.
The idea is simple. For the past 35 years I have collected amazing specimens specifically for this project. I then carefully break those specimens down
What irony... valued as amazing specimens, they are no more.
Teacher in spaceThat is true. I would prefer whole items. I do have casting resin, so making my own "mini museum" with larger items would be great project.
mercsimIt sounds pretty cool. If he used 0.1 inch squares, which is almost 1/8 inch, he could get 1600 (20x80) pretty easily. That seams reasonable.

Once he gets going, he should be able to buy other mission samples to use.

4allmankindIs anyone here aware of the Mini Museum?

I just bumped into their site. Interesting concept, and I love the spirit of being able to share history with the masses, but space fans should take note that they have cut up a flown Skylab music tape.

Editor's note: Threads merged.

Originally posted by SpaceAholic:
What irony... valued as amazing specimens, they are no more.
The real irony is that people decry cutting up of something as the 'destruction' of it, when the item in question is almost always ALREADY a small piece cut from the actual original complete item.

spaced outPersonally I don't have much problem with people cutting existing fragments of things into smaller fragments.

The Skylab tape however was an intact artifact and I don't really see any justification for destroying it when they could have used Skylab insulation material recovered in Australia.

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