Resources
selected space history documents

Websites
related space history websites

Hardware, whether flown in space or used during training, has the distinction of being part of history.

While the spacecraft and other major artifacts reside in museums, it is still possible for a collector to locate notable examples of space hardware.

Like the museums that protect and preserve artifacts for future generations, collectors share a similar responsibility. While we all collect for personal reasons, we are insuring that the smaller pieces and parts are not forgotten.

That is not to say that all hardware available to collectors is physically small. Complete artifacts or large segments are the focus of my collection.

Click images to enlarge as well as read about each artifact.

Apollo 11 Bread - Flown

Apollo 13 Meal - Flown

Apollo - LM Light Cover

USS Hornet Light Cover

SMEAT Trash Bag

Skylab 3 Crew Bag - Flown

Mission Control Console

STS-6 SRB Cutter - Flown

STS-6 Micro-beads - Flown

STS-51D Valsalva - Flown

STS-51F Coca-Cola Can

STS-44 Crew Shirt - Flown

STS-70 Tire Sample - Flown

STS-87 Heatshield - Flown

Halsell T-38 Flight Suit

Musgrave T-38 Flight Suit

Shuttle - Pre STS-44 Food

Shuttle - Post STS-44 Food

Shuttle - EMU Glove

Shuttle SSME Bolt - Flown

Shuttle Insulation - Flown

Shuttle SRB Bracket - Flown

Shuttle ET Cross Section

STS-31 Frangible Nut

Shuttle RCS Nozzle - Flown

TM-20 Sokol Glove - Flown

TM-24 Crew Sneakers - Flown

TM-32 Hand Control - Flown

Gidzenko ISS Flight Suit

Mir Orlan Glove


Though I favor intact artifacts, fragments are often easier to locate and less expensive to acquire. The challenge is how best to display assorted loose cords, swatches, and segments of material.

The solution was an album with custom designed pages mounted with flown fragments from each American and Russian crewed spaceflight.

Click images to enlarge as well as read about each album page.

MR-03

MR-04

VK-02

MA-09

GT-03

GT-04

VK-06

GT-05

GT-06

GT-07

GT-08

GT-09

GT-10

GT-11

AS-07

AS-08

AS-09

AS-10

AS-11 [D]

AS-11

AS-12

AS-13

AS-14

AS-15 [D]

AS-15

AS-16

AS-17

ASTP

SL-01

STS-41C

STS-61

STS-71

STS-70

STS-74

STS-82

STS-86

STS-91

STS-95

STS-96

STS-93

STS-101

STS-92

STS-108

STS-107

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Another means of displaying fragments is by encasing them in acrylic. Unfortunately, the process is expensive and is not foolproof; you risk damaging the very item you are trying to preserve and display. When it works though, the results are stunning.

Click images to enlarge as well as read about each acrylic display.

Discoverer 14 Parachute

Mercury 4 Valve

Mercury 4 Film

Gemini 5 Heatshield

Apollo 10 Heatshield

Apollo 7-17 Kapton

Apollo 13 Fabric

Apollo 17 Kapton

Skylab Fiberglass

Shuttle STS-1 Tile

Shuttle STS-1 Pod Skin

Shuttle STS 1-3 RCC

Shuttle SSME Blade

Hubble Solar Cell

Shuttle STS-101 Pin

Spacelab Sprout

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