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Forum:Space Places
Topic:Columbia Memorial Space Center: Apollo BP-19
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Apollo Boilerplate 19 exhibit installed at the Columbia Memorial Space Center at Downey California.
Robert PearlmancollectSPACE
Restored drop-test capsule to land at learning center

A drop-test dummy capsule that NASA used in the lead up to the Apollo moon landings has been restored to its former glory to inspire a new generation of space explorers.

The red and white painted capsule, known as "Boilerplate 19A" (BP-19A), was built in the early 1960s by the same aerospace company and to the same basic design specs as the space-worthy command modules that flew crews to the moon and back. Instead of lifting off though, BP-19A was dropped out of the back of a cargo plane to test the recovery systems that would safely land astronauts back on Earth.

More than four decades after its final test flight and years after being displayed outdoors in a county park, BP-19A was entrusted to SpaceWorks, the exhibition design and artifact preservation division of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, KS, for its restoration.

E2M Lem ManWe are all very excited to see BP-19 come home. I noticed that on the heat shield there was originally a misspelling. I hope they retained that... it shows we are all human!
Jay ChladekIt is a good looking piece, Jim.
dtempleThe "after" photo shows the CM without its fiberglass heatshield. Why has it not been reinstalled?

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