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mensax
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posted 11-28-2002 08:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anybody have any comments on this item???

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=13904&item=738867914&rd=1

Ben
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posted 11-28-2002 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They are real. Each vial contains a tiny drop of the polystyrene speheres solution, mixed in with water.

The original vials, containing pure solution, are available from some company (I forget the name, the do have a website). Someone purchased a vial and then created these souvenirs for distribution. So they are real, but the actual amount in the vial of flown material is small. Worth $5 I'd say.

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Ben
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posted 11-28-2002 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is where they were purchased from, the National Institute of Standards and Technology:
http://ois.nist.gov/srmcatalog/common/view_detail.cfm?srm=1960
http://ois.nist.gov/srmcatalog/common/view_detail.cfm?srm=1961

hoorenz
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posted 01-02-2003 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really don't understand why people buy these things. There is nothing to be seen! Even if this is real, it still is just a glass tube filled with water to me. Unless you are a great microscope fan, of course.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-02-2003 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Items like the STS-6 microscopic beads, Apollo 15 lead marks, and even the STS-8 covers offer an inexpensive means for collectors -- especially those just beginning the hobby -- to own something flown and well documented.

My STS-6 'bead' plaque was one of my first acquisitions and it still has a proud place in my collection. Afterall, it was the first product to be produced in space and therefore represents an important part of why we explore space (an activity we don't often get to "see").

tegwilym
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From: Crest Airpark (S36) Kent, WA
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posted 01-03-2003 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got one of those also. Not much to look at, but pretty cool to think of where they came from!
http://www.geocities.com/tegwilym2/collection/artifacts/challengerbeads.html

Tom

Rochemontagne
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From: Loveland, CO U.S.A.
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posted 01-12-2003 07:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rochemontagne   Click Here to Email Rochemontagne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a brand new STS 6 "bead" plaque that I just found in storage. I am the person who produced the plaque back in 1989. I was planning on putting it on eBay, but if anyone here is interested in purchasing it, let me know.
Dennis

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