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Dave Clow
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posted 02-18-2005 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Clow   Click Here to Email Dave Clow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't afford to bid on a chunk. If I give the winner $5, will you run me over with it?

Moonpaws
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posted 02-18-2005 07:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moonpaws   Click Here to Email Moonpaws     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dave, better yet, if you give me $5, I will roll you down a Lake Tahoe ski trail.

pokey
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posted 02-18-2005 09:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pokey   Click Here to Email pokey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My dear hubby is breathing easier since I have assured him that I will NOT bid on any of these historic yet bulky items. [He does say that he will retrofit a space toilet into our bathroom, so if anyone has one of those for a good price please let me know. I have to get him back for teasing me about my hobby.]

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posted 02-19-2005 07:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eilisk   Click Here to Email eilisk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too would be interested in a chunk - molded or not!

Ashy
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posted 02-19-2005 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ashy   Click Here to Email Ashy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm abit late on this one but include me in for a chunk!

scout706
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posted 02-19-2005 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for scout706   Click Here to Email scout706     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I want one (or three) chunks!! I would need to sleep on a fellow cS'rs couch if I brought home a complete tire.

spaceheaded
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posted 02-19-2005 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceheaded     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I could use a pair... whitewall, please.

lewarren
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posted 02-19-2005 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lewarren   Click Here to Email lewarren     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would want a piece of tire.

Producing a lucite presentation would be pretty costly, I would guess.

The mini-tire is a neat idea, but impractical and would be likey be very costly.

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posted 02-20-2005 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Patch_Designer   Click Here to Email Patch_Designer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd be interested in a "chunk". The keychain idea sounds interesting, but the pieces might be too small.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 02-21-2005 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let me check on the tires as the auction site is right down the road from me. I have a few flown OV-tires from the same agency (both nose and main gear) + one from STS-32 that already has a cut-cross view section as most of the tire is still in one piece. If any CS members would like a cut-piece of that particular used/flown tire from Columbia's 9th oribtal mission from Jan. 1990, perhaps I can find someone, or the right kind of cutting tools, to enable more cut-sections. Would anyone be interested in having me do something like this, and of course, not at a big cost (perhaps a low fee)?

Ashy
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posted 02-22-2005 06:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ashy   Click Here to Email Ashy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken, I'ld be interested.

spaceman
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posted 02-22-2005 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken, count me in too please. I'm exhibiting parts of my space collection this year. Some time ago you did a free goody bag if we sent a stamped addressed envelope. I did and all of the items you provided to me are forming parts of the exhibit.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-22-2005 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey, I'd be interested. Of course, I'm trying to cut down on stuff due to lack of space (no pun intended), but I just realized I could shadowbox it with the seeds from LDEF....

Now, if only someone had a tire chunk from STS-13/Mission 41C....

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 02-23-2005 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd be interested too Ken...

jeffbassett
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posted 02-23-2005 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jeffbassett   Click Here to Email jeffbassett     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA Watch noticed this and posted that they thought these would be better in museums than up for auction. As NASA monitors the NASA Watch site closely, looks like they reconsidered and have taken them off the auction:
Editor's note: I have to think that there is a museum - perhaps a small one - somewhere in the United States where such a piece of space flown hardware would receive a special place of honor. Selling this item as surplus runs the risk that it might end up inside a plastic bag in some collector's garage.

Update: NASA Modification to a Previous Presolicitation Notice: Sale of Flown Shuttle Tires, Main Landing Gear

This Sale Is Cancelled Due To Withdrawal Of Property By NASA Headquarters For Future Exhibits

cfreeze79
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posted 02-23-2005 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cfreeze79   Click Here to Email cfreeze79     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmm... I wish a little pressure like that could have save the Apollo Launch Tower.

James Brown
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posted 02-23-2005 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Next time this happens, get the word out, but don't go public with it. I think a lot of unnecessary attention was brought on here by posting it to the world. I was planning to take a shot at one of the sets myself. Thanks a lot Keith. Would you like a little cheese to go with that whine of yours?

What do you suggest they preserve next, hydraulic fluid?

Ben
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posted 02-23-2005 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If it was a true piece of the orbiter, and not one that is replaced after every flight, I could understand. But the tires?

There are 666 flown shuttle tires by my count that have been scrapped. I think it's a bit extrememe to say that every one should be preserved and museum-bound!

James Brown
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posted 02-24-2005 09:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got this e-mail from KSC this morning:
NASA Headquarters pulled these back for future exhibits. We had museums all over the US that complained about not getting the tires, since they are artifacts. Of course, we screen with NASA, other federal and state agencies, and the Smithsonian prior to offering them for sale. The museums have a chance to request the tires at that time - but they missed the screening.

Previously we have sold just 1 lot of tires, or rollaround tires. This is the first time we have listed the tires as being flown, and what mission they were flown on (artifacts). There was a tremendous amount of interest from the public, and I can understand your frustration. We are frustrated as well, since a lot of people put in a lot of hard work to put this sale together.

I am not certain if we will have another sale of Shuttle tires. If we have more come in as excess, we will have to check with NASA Headquarters before we sell them.

James Brown
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posted 03-03-2005 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Found this today at NASA Watch:
Canton Park District receives gift from Nagel, Canton Daily Ledger

"Former Canton resident, retired Air Force Colonel, and former NASA Astronaut Steve Nagel has secured a shuttle spacecraft tire for display by the Canton Park District the board learned at its Feb. 28 meeting. The tire has been fitted with a glass top and is being used as a table at the Ingersoll Airport office building. Michelin Aircraft Tire Company manufactured the tire and donated it to the park district."

Editor's note: That's more like it!

I thought these were going to be sent to museums? Doesn't sound like a museum to me.

thump
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posted 05-05-2005 01:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thump   Click Here to Email thump     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, it seems that the destiny of 13 of these tires has been found. At the Wash DC Public Service Recognition Week, NASA had a display set up, with part of it being a flown tire, painted white, that people can sign. The particular tire on hand serial # appeared to be 2184N03734 (the #'s were a little hard to make out due to the white paint). No one at the display knew what mission this was from. Any ideas? When this is finished the 13 are due to go on display somewhere.

This tire should be able to be seen at this event through this Sunday on the National Mall.

snf13
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posted 05-14-2005 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for snf13   Click Here to Email snf13     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Too bad the tires were pulled. They do belong in museums instead of being cut up, though. I would have loved a complete tire to use as a coffee table in my space room!


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