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[b]Code 3 Collectibles Immortalizes the Apollo Moon Missions with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collection[/b]
[i]Endorsed By The Last Man On The Moon Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan[/i]
Code 3 Collectibles celebrates the great space race and preserves the history of America's exploration of space through detailed replicas of the Apollo 17 Mission. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collection, a set of hand-casted replicas, captures the heritage and pioneering spirit of aviation and space flight and includes "The Apollo Astronaut: The Last Man On The Moon" "The Lunar Module: The First True Spacecraft" and "The Lunar Roving Vehicle: Exploring the Moon." The line is officially endorsed by Apollo 17 Commander Captain Eugene A. Cernan.
Captain Cernan was one of fourteen astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963. He occupied the pilot seat alongside of command pilot Tom Stafford on the Gemini IX mission. During this 3-day flight which began on June 3, 1966, Cernan was the second American to walk in space. Cernan subsequently served as backup pilot for Gemini 12 and as backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 7 and Apollo 14. He made his third space flight as spacecraft commander of Apollo 17--the last scheduled manned mission to the moon for the United States. He was the last American astronaut to walk on the moon.
"This historical collection from The Smithsonian Institution's National Air & Space Museum is a tribute to the pioneering spirit of the Apollo Missions and to all those who made our steps on the moon possible," stated Captain Cernan. "The collection captures the imagination and mystery of space exploration. Code 3 Collectibles has done a remarkable job recreating authentic detail with craftsmanship literally out of this world."
"We've been committed to creating collectibles that preserve the honor and history of America's heroes," said Arnie Rubin, President of Code 3 Collectibles. "From the firefighters that protect our neighborhoods to the astronauts that explore our skies, each replica that we develop is an authentic representation of an important piece of Americana. We're proud to welcome the Smithsonian's expansive collection of historical artifacts to our growing assortment of collectibles."
Each product in Code 3 Collectibles' National Air and Space Museum Collection is a hand-casted, hand-painted, exquisitely recreated sculpture of an important moment in America's efforts to conquer space. Code 3 Collectibles' artists worked to painstakingly replicate each scene in intricate detail, from the 24K gold plated reflective surface of the astronaut's face shield to the authentic reconstruction of each lunar craft. Each Apollo replica comes with a lunar surface base complete with a pewter plaque, and a numbered certificate of authenticity. [list][*]Standing 11 inches tall, the Apollo Astronaut represents the commander of the Apollo 17 mission, Captain Eugene A. Cernan. The handcrafted astronaut figure is accompanied by a replica of the United States flag propped on the moon's surface. Each crew that landed on the moon planted a flag at their landing site.
Upon seeing the Apollo Astronaut sculpture, Captain Cernan commented, "I am extremely pleased with the craftsmanship on the Apollo Astronaut sculpture. The detail is amazing, from the space suit itself to the Commander's red stripes, 24K gold-plated face shield, Apollo XVII patch and detailed life support system. Does it look like me? It's as authentic as it gets — next to the real thing. It brings back many memories."
[*]Modeled after the lunar module at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum — one of twelve built for Project Apollo — the Lunar Module stands seven inches tall, appearing just as it would have during a moon-landing mission. Featuring two stages — ascent and descent — the module contained exploration equipment and a crew compartment that returned the astronauts to the orbiting command module after their exploration of the moon.
[*]A replica of the Lunar Roving Vehicle, used in Apollo missions 15 through 17 (which celebrated its 30th anniversary on December 7, 2002), recreates the "moon car" driven by astronauts to travel and explore miles away from the Lunar Module work station. Standing 7 inches tall, the model features the LRV's complex instrument panel, a foil-covered television camera used to communicate with Mission Control in Houston, a satellite dish and an astronaut driver.[/list] The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collection models retail for $132.00 each.
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