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Ablative Ring Section

Mission: Apollo 7   Crew: Walter M. Schirra
Walter Cunningham
Donn F. Eisele
Launch: October 11, 1968  
Landing: October 22, 1968  
Duration: 10 Days, 20 hours  
Comment: First manned Apollo mission

This section of Apollo 7 ablative heat shield was cut from one of several ring sections that surrounded the docking collar of the command module. The material dissipated the heat by vaporizing during atmospheric reentry, protecting the area of the spacecraft from high temperature extremes. Certified as authentic by Apollo 7 LMP Walt Cunningham.

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