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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-03-2008 12:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you to those who have already submitted photos! Based on the submissions thus far, I believe this gallery will be something really special... showcasing space memorabilia collectors in a completely different light than has been done before.

I greatly look forward to seeing what others of you have captured to represent your own pieces.

MB
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posted 01-03-2008 07:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MB   Click Here to Email MB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have one Red "X" pieces of the grating on a 3" x 5" card. I picked up at the Air Force Space Museum nearly 10 years ago, when they were first offering the tour of the early launch sites.

NAAmodel#240
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posted 01-03-2008 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NAAmodel#240   Click Here to Email NAAmodel#240     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, put me down for one here in Charleston. The pieces appear to come in two sizes. Can anyone verify this?

Rick Boos
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posted 01-03-2008 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Boos   Click Here to Email Rick Boos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have pieces from all the launch complexes of Canaveral and live in Ohio. Thanks goes out to Air Force for allowing me to gather them over the years!

Ken Havekotte
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posted 01-03-2008 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For the cS-member in Charleston; Since the 1970s the launch pad souvenir cards were available--and still are--from the Air Force Space Museum here at the Cape. There has been a variety of different cards in size, print design, and with the relics attached to them. The most common now in use are the small cards that measure 3.5 x 6.5" that contains a small cut-piece, usually in the shape of a "X" less than an inch long, that came from the service gantry's elevator grid-shaft area. A more recent issued card measures 3 3/4 x 8 1/2" that could contain slightly larger pieces.

There are indeed other presentations, or COAs if you want to call them that, that my company specializes in. Many were produced for special gift presentations that were signed by base commanders and/or museum-public affairs directors. Others were produced by former Air Force museum officials and some even in cooperation with my company.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-04-2008 12:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For anyone who wishes to submit film-exposed photos (as opposed to digital shots), I will gladly accept prints to be scanned. Please e-mail contact@collectspace.com for the address to which they should be sent.

nasamad
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posted 01-04-2008 10:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I knew I had a scan of my card hidden on my site somewhere, here it is.

Jurg Bolli
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posted 01-04-2008 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have one as well.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-04-2008 06:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by nasamad:
I knew I had a scan of my card hidden on my site somewhere.
Thanks for sharing that Adam, and to the others who have continued to share in this thread.

RocketmanRob
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posted 01-04-2008 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RocketmanRob   Click Here to Email RocketmanRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got a few here in New York City that I've picked up during various visits KSC. I'll send through some photos.

nojnj
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posted 01-05-2008 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nojnj   Click Here to Email nojnj     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have one of the AFSM cards, just like Adam posted.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-05-2008 08:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a reminder and for the benefit of new readers (as we are now on the second page of this thread), in addition to polling readers if they own pieces, the desire put forth by this topic is to solicit photographs of these artifacts as set against a geographical backdrop.
Specifically, I'd like it if you would photograph it against a backdrop that would establish your (and your piece's) geographical location. For example, if you were in Paris, you might photograph the piece while standing in front of Eiffel Tower. If you don't have a local famous landmark, you could seek out "Welcome to [City]" signs, for example. Be creative, as the idea is to show a variety of locales rather than a collection of metal slabs sitting on shelves and desks.

I ask that you submit two photos: one that shows you at the locale holding the piece (or whomever you choose to appear) and a second that focuses on the piece itself (for an example of the latter, see this photo of a patch at KSC's Pad 39A).

Thanks to those who have already submitted photos and I look forward to seeing those still to come.

mikepf
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posted 01-19-2008 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I plan on taking my photos today. I was just thinking if part two of this project should be for all of us to send our pieces to Robert and see if he can rebuild the platform with them!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-19-2008 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shhhh... you'll ruin the surprise.

Hawkman
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posted 01-20-2008 07:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkman   Click Here to Email Hawkman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh great. Late to the dance as usual and without a digital camera other than the one that's in my cell phone.

I'll have to see if I can dig up someone with a digital camera that can take a picture in the next couple of days.

Oh yeah, add another gantry piece as Ken Havekotte describes up here in Union, New Jersey.

ColinBurgess
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posted 01-22-2008 02:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a reminder that there are only a couple of days left before those Explorer piece photos must be with Robert for his article. I've just sent mine to him, taken at the place where Captain Cook first set foot on Australian soil back in 1770.

C'mon everyone and support Robert in this!

tegwilym
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posted 01-22-2008 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wasn't sure what to use as a background for mine. I have clear weather here in Seattle and Mt. Rainier has been looking pretty fancy with lenticular clouds. I was just thinking this morning as I was walking to the bus - "I found my background for my pad chunk!"

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-24-2008 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I want to thank everyone who has submitted photos for this project. I look forward to sharing them with all of our readers on January 31.

Deadline extension: Though an initial deadline was set to insure a core group of photos were available for the article, we'll gladly continue to accept submissions up until January 30 and your photos will appear in the anniversary article. Keep those photos coming folks!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-31-2008 02:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Fifty years later, first US satellite's souvenirs still circle the Earth

Explorer I operated for just over 100 days, but it wasn't until 12 years after its launch, did the satellite burn up during reentry into the atmosphere. It was around that time, if not a few years earlier, did souvenirs of its liftoff enter their own orbit.

Thank you to everyone who replied both here and via e-mail, and especially to those who submitted photos!

FFrench
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posted 01-31-2008 11:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the interactive map - nicely done!

randy
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posted 01-31-2008 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very well done!

FFrench
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posted 02-01-2008 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see that Space.com picked up the story too and included this extra image of an Explorer 1 pad fragment card with an Explorer prototype that I had sent to Robert...

JoKepler
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posted 02-02-2008 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JoKepler   Click Here to Email JoKepler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also have one of the relic cards with a piece attached.

collocation
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posted 02-23-2008 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collocation   Click Here to Email collocation     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Explorer I patch and pin are available for a total of $8.00 that includes shipping. Just email the museum and they will give you details. Pretty neat patch, received one today.


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