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Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-22-2009 12:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you own a piece of Apollo 11?

I am in the early stages of research and looking to hear from collectors who own intact equipment and artifacts from the Apollo 11 mission.

These pieces can include crew support items, personal preference kit items and even food.

Ground support and training equipment, if clearly connected specifically to the flight of Apollo 11 would also be of interest.

If what you own are fragments — kapton or heat shield, for example — I would also appreciate hearing from you, as it would be good to get an idea of the amount of material that exists, as well as how it has been presented and where it now resides around the world.

Matt T
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posted 03-23-2009 04:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matt T   Click Here to Email Matt T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A small piece of film header carried on the lunar surface, attached to an early Underwood certificate and a Spaceflori/Slezak dust-tape fragment.

liebeek
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posted 03-23-2009 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for liebeek   Click Here to Email liebeek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a tiny piece of flown capton foil from the CM in one of Jerry's displays.

nasamad
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posted 03-23-2009 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a fragment (of a fragment!) I know, but I have one of Historic Space's Apollo 11 Coldplate acrylics.

Lunar rock nut
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posted 03-24-2009 08:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar rock nut   Click Here to Email Lunar rock nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also have a Jerry Cz. Apollo 11 kapton acrylic.

mercsim
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posted 03-24-2009 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mercsim   Click Here to Email mercsim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have an interesting item that warrants a story to fellow cSPACErs.

My father-in-law recently passed his 40 year service anniversary at Kennedy Space Center. He is a technician/engineer and works on some of the GSE these days. As the pads are being refurbished and modified, there has been discussion about the loose bricks from the flame trench. Apparently for asbestos or some other safety concerns, the bricks are not or may not become available. I think Robert actually wrote an article about this.

He heard of a co-worker that knew something so he sought him out. It turns out that the co-worker was part of the crew tasked with disposing of some of the bricks that came loose after the first Shuttle launches over 25 years ago. They were disposing of them and the co-worker wanted a new patio at home. So he took enough of them (with his bosses permission) to lay his patio.

My father-in-law told him all about me and my hobbies and nearly begged him for one of the bricks. He offered to pay whatever it would cost to get me one of them. The co-worker said he didn't think he used all of them and would look for some leftovers. It turned out he had a few left in the bottom of a closet that were not used in the patio. They had sat in the closet for 25 years!

We visited at Christmas this year and the coolest gift I have ever received was a brick! The lady at the Fed-Ex store laughed when I wanted to ship a brick home and insure it!

I don't have any official paperwork or real proof of what it appears to be but I know what it is and where it came from.

As my Father-in-law said, "this was the last thing Apollo 11 'kissed' when it left Earth".

stsmithva
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posted 03-24-2009 05:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scorched by the flame of historic launches, and with the sentimental value of having come to you thanks to effort by your father. Wonderful!

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 03-24-2009 08:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a Historic Space coldplate acrylic, a few sizable pieces of Kapton, and several "hatchplugs". All with documentation.

music_space
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posted 03-25-2009 12:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have an Underwood kapton presentation.

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drifting to the right
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posted 03-25-2009 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for drifting to the right     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Flown:
  1. Kapton foil (Slezak cert.)
  2. Cold plate acrylic (Historic Space)
  3. 2"X1.25" threaded heatshield plug in lucite (inscribed #9 on endplate)
  4. Small U.S.Flag on NASA certificate (Aldrin-signed)
  5. Robbins medallion #187 (ex. W.Cunningham)
  6. LM-flown, LM Activation Checklist page, annotated (pp.37-38)
  7. LM-flown Lunar Descent Chart section, 52E-49.5E (S.of Fertil., Taruntius craters)
Ancillary:
  1. Launch invitation/letter (Ted Freeman's wife)
  2. Mission Control ID badge (Alan Glines)
  3. Flight Plan, final version
  4. Mission Control Lunar Descent Chart (Gene Kranz)
  5. LRL moonrock container, A11-12
Great project, Robert. Hope you will post some results.

set
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posted 03-25-2009 01:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for set   Click Here to Email set     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Flown Robbins medal #130 (ex. Thomas Stafford) and kapton foil "hockey puck" (ex. James McDivitt).

Madon_space
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posted 03-25-2009 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Madon_space   Click Here to Email Madon_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too have the Apollo 11 kapton foil acrylic from the one and only Jerry.

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posted 03-28-2009 07:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Podge   Click Here to Email Podge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
  1. Flown Flight Plan p3-37 & p3-38
  2. Flown Flight Plan p3-4a
  3. Lunar Surface p30 LM maneuver card from LM G&N Dictionary
  4. Flown Star chart
  5. Two small pieces of Flown Mylar from Columbia (Loose/unmounted)

cponcehdz
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posted 04-02-2009 04:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cponcehdz   Click Here to Email cponcehdz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, I have the HistoricSpace's Coldplate Acrylic.

atlas5guy
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posted 04-08-2009 11:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for atlas5guy   Click Here to Email atlas5guy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just recently I purchased an Apollo 11 kapton from Spaceflori (it hangs in my living room with my Apollo 16 velcro sample from the same company, but I treasure a bit of gold mylar snipped from LM-5 that was sold by the Challenger Society in the late 1980s. It may not have gone to the moon but it was a piece [my piece] of that historic spacecraft. Does anyone remember those items?) I also have an Apollo 8 kapton fragment from the Society that I recently framed in honor of that mission's 40th anniversary. A nifty Grumman pamphlet that featured color cutaways of the Lunar Module on clear plastic sheets still resides in my Apollo 11 file. I was 12 years old at the time of Apollo 11 and I still remember the days of the mission as if they were yesterday.

MadSci
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posted 04-17-2009 02:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MadSci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My six little treasures from Apollo 11:
  • Columbia Kapton foil
  • Columbia Heatshield fragment
  • Moondust from Tranquility Base
  • WSS Autographs of all three Crewmembers
All on diplay around the house - my Wife knew who she was marrying! (bless her!)

Feel free to stop by and enjoy pictures of these items and others from my collection.

spaceman1953
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posted 05-01-2009 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mercsim:
As my Father-in-law said, "this was the last thing Apollo 11 'kissed' when it left Earth".
GREAT brick!

I am a "brick" collector. Yeah, some people save EVERYTHING! Well, me and my friend recovered a couple of bricks from the base of the South Bend Water Tower many years ago, and his wife made us "brick covers" for our treasures. The brick covers are a little "plastic canvas" box that she did the "sewing" with yarn to make the covers, then connected them into a little box.

Since it was yarn, she could weave into the sides, wording to tell what was in the little boxes, etc.

You might check with a local craft store (or online) for little plastic canvas boxes, for directions on how to do this, and someone you know who is familiar with plastic canvas could craft some box of appropriate size for your brick!

iws
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posted 05-25-2009 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for iws   Click Here to Email iws     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have one of the SpaceFlori Apollo 11 lunar dust samples as well as one of the SpaceFlori Apollo 15 dust samples.

413 is in
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posted 06-20-2009 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some Apollo 11 artifacts from my collection:
  1. Flown flight plan page 3-52a (Landmark Tracking - program P22). Collins performed this first landmark tracking activity from the CM starting at hour 82 in the mission (several hours after lunar orbit insertion). At this point in the mission Armstrong and Aldrin were in the LM performing preliminary systems checkout procedures. For the first time during the mission both CDR and LMP were able to make visual observations of their planned landing site in the Sea of Tranquility. Collins describes this Landmark Tracking activity in his book Carrying the Fire. Ex. The Buzz Aldrin Collection.

  2. First Man's first photo. Original NASA security ID photo of Armstrong taken shortly after selection of the "new nine" in 1962.

  3. Wernher von Braun's Saturn Operations KSC facility badge.

  4. Deke Slayton's Apollo 11 MOCR badge. Slayton was one of only a handful of people to speak to the crew while they were on the lunar surface. He wore this badge while in the MCC during this and other times.

  5. Apollo EECOM Sy Liebergot's Apollo 11 MOCR badge. Liebergot was a member of Glynn Lunney's Ascent Team during the Apollo 11 mission. Additionally, for possible emergency liftoff contingency operations, he was also required to be on hand in the MOCR during lunar landing activities. This badge is pictured in Liebergot's book Apollo EECOM: Journey of a Lifetime.

  6. Jim McDivitt's Apollo 11 Lunar Receiving Laboratory (LRL) access badge.

  7. Charlie Duke's family vehicle permit used for access to the Apollo 11 VIP launch viewing site at KSC.

stsmithva
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posted 06-21-2009 06:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 413 is in:
First Man's first photo. Original NASA security ID photo of Armstrong taken shortly after selection of the "next nine" in 1962.
My gosh, all of the ones you listed are impressive, but that one is amazing. That is Armstrong's actual photo ID? I know there are some ID collectors out there even more amazed than I am, but I can't think of another item I've seen that could be described as "From the Neil Armstrong collection." I mean, you didn't describe it as such, but it seems like the kind of thing that was owned and used specifically by Armstrong and then his to do with as he wished. Many other astronauts have put such items on the market, but am I correct in thinking that he either donated to museums or continues to hold on to such items of his? (I know he's donating his papers to Purdue.)

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posted 06-21-2009 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry to disappoint but the Armstrong piece is definitely not "From the Neil Armstrong Collection."

As described it is an original NASA security ID photo. It is not Armstrong's ID badge but a photo that was shot (circa late 1962) intended to be used for his original badge after being selected as an astronaut. It was probably rejected for use due to the darkness of the photo.

My description of "First Man's first photo" was a bit tongue-in-cheek. More specifically it is the first (or one of the first) attempted security ID photos of the First Man.

Still historically significant, I think, particularly for ID collectors as you state.

Perhaps a better description would've been "The Dark Side of the Moon Man".

ilbasso
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posted 06-21-2009 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
(Drools on the keyboard while looking at Bill's badges...)

There certainly are some wonderful items out there!

Here are a couple of my goodies:

Official invitation to attend the launch and official guest badge:



Translunar/Transearth Trajectory Plotting Chart:

Apollo 11 descent monitoring chart:

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ilbasso
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posted 06-21-2009 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Operations Management Room access badge (this particular badge was illustrated in Russ Still's "Relics of the Space Race"):

Operations Control (Goddard Spaceflight Center) badge:

Lunar surface flown film fragment that Florian was selling last year:

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posted 07-05-2009 06:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dateline July 20, 1969. Armstrong walks on the moon and this is how everyday people captured the moment back on the home planet. There was no Betamax, VHS, or DVR in those days. There were no PC’s and no Internet. The first graphical browser would not be developed for another quarter of a century. A Polaroid camera and a television screen were the main ingredients needed to capture, in time, the glory that was Apollo.

I was 10 years old when Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins made their historic voyage to the moon. During the EVA my father took one quick snapshot of the television screen as the rest our family sat riveted to the TV in silence while watching the live broadcast for the duration of the moonwalk.

Our house burned in 1972 and we lost many of our family photos at that time, including the Apollo 11 snapshot. Several years ago I was fortunate enough to track down this similar vintage photo on eBay from a seller in California. On the back of the photo it states quite simply “July 20, 1969 - first man on the moon - about 9:45 p.m. PDT”. It is probably my favorite piece of memorabilia associated with the flight of Apollo 11 as this always brings back the memories of that day.

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posted 08-01-2009 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for skye12   Click Here to Email skye12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also have one of the Historic Space coldplate acrylics. And have always lusted for a flown Robbins medallion.

Michael Davis
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posted 08-01-2009 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Davis   Click Here to Email Michael Davis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a flown U.S. flag with Aldrin's signature on a NASA certificate.

MadSci
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posted 09-09-2009 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MadSci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just added a Havekotte Acrylic (#40 of 50) of Columbia's thermal insulation to the brood. Now up to seven, and counting!

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posted 09-27-2009 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Badges (Three Different Ones)

GACspaceguy
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posted 10-03-2009 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Below are photos of a piece of the Apollo 11 LM Kapton shielding that was cut off from the LM prior to completion of the LM into the Saturn V.

The person (John Cooper) who obtained it worked for NASA at KSC and was responsible for LM check out.

It is not a flown section but was a part of the vehicle at one time.

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posted 07-30-2011 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some small pieces in Italy. I have:
  1. Apollo 11 Kapton Foil from CM (Jerry's display)
  2. Apollo 11 Lunar Receiving Badge (Ex-coll. Dr. Mason)
  3. Apollo 11 Flight Plan Final version (by an employee)
Good work!

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posted 08-29-2011 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A small aluminum plaque (and note from consigner, Mitchell Sharpe estate), engraved by Wernher von Braun himself. Too bad it never made it...
Saturn Spacelines Unlimited / Good for a successful flight to the Moon in Apollo Eleven aboard the finest booster that can be built / Wernher von Braun / Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama

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posted 03-08-2012 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another vintage Polaroid from that day in 1969:

I wonder if this model has survived and where it is now.

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posted 12-02-2012 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This circuit breaker removed post-flight from Columbia...


MadSci
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Originally posted by SpaceAholic:
This circuit breaker removed post-flight from Columbia...
Scott - any sign of marks from a felt-tip pen? Amazing as always!

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posted 12-04-2012 03:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a note in response to Steve Jurvetson's question from another thread, i.e. hardware flown on Eagle:

If I'm not mistaken it was Bonhams, perhaps ten years ago or so, that was auctioning Aldrin's used-on-the-surface (EVA) communications headset.
(It went for a bit over $20,000!)

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posted 12-04-2012 08:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chet, the Smithsonian has Aldrin's mission used headset (Snoopy cap), as well as Armstrong's and several other astronauts'. Could the auctioned headset have been something else?

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For flown items I've got an American flag (ex: Aldrin) and a single (two-sided) sheet of the flight plan; page 3-53/3-54 (hours 82 - 84 in the flight).

For unflown items I've got an insurance cover.

I've also got the command module safety lock (ex: Wendt). Basically it was a hard lock to stop the astronauts from accidentally flipping a switch and firing the escape rocket. It was used on every Apollo mission, and attached to the CDR's side of the instrument panel. It was the last item removed before closing the hatch for flight, so the last thing all the Apollo CDR's would have done before the hatch was closed would be to detach the lock and hand it through the hatch.

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quote:
Originally posted by space1:
Chet, the Smithsonian has Aldrin's mission used headset (Snoopy cap), as well as Armstrong's and several other astronauts'. Could the auctioned headset have been something else?
If I remember correctly, the auctioned headset was this type.

I don't believe the astronauts wore their Snoopy caps for the entire time on the surface. The Apollo 11 episode of "From the Earth to the Moon" shows this, assuming they were accurate in their presentation.

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posted 12-04-2012 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My mistake.

It was 1999, Christies (lot 127) - Aldrin's EVA earpiece assembly (with tubing).

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posted 12-04-2012 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by chet:
It was 1999, Christies (lot 127) - Aldrin's EVA earpiece assembly (with tubing).
Couldn't resist finding that old listing online.


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