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NightHawk117
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posted 08-12-2009 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NightHawk117   Click Here to Email NightHawk117     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone heard when the 2nd one is going to start shipping?

randyc
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posted 08-12-2009 09:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randyc   Click Here to Email randyc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's my understanding that the next artifact will ship on or around August 20.

Update: I called the ASF today (August 18) and was told that the next acrylic in the series will ship on August 28. It may be the Apollo 9 artifact, but the final decision on which artifact it will be is still TBD.

NightHawk117
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posted 08-29-2009 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NightHawk117   Click Here to Email NightHawk117     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What artifact is shipping next?

Jeff
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posted 08-30-2009 12:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got the e-mail telling me the second acrylic has shipped.

MadSci
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posted 08-31-2009 03:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MadSci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Giving it a lot of thought, but the budget is a little low as I just purchased an Apollo 11 Columbia Kapton Acrylic. Hmmm

I've only got about a dozen so far, not even in the same league as you extraordinary gentlemen.

But one of them is a piece of Vostok 1. I believe there are only three of them in existence.

daveblog
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posted 08-31-2009 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for daveblog   Click Here to Email daveblog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine arrived in NJ this morning! My first Apollo lucite! The COA came laminated this time.

Jeff
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posted 08-31-2009 10:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by daveblog:
Mine arrived in NJ this morning! My first Apollo lucite!
Was it Apollo 9 or Apollo 13? I can't wait.

dsenechal
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posted 08-31-2009 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apollo 9.

Jeff
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posted 08-31-2009 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Dave... looking forward to getting mine soon.

MrSpace86
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posted 08-31-2009 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As previous, when I receive mine, I will post photos.

Let us know what number you are in case you have not said before.

MadSci
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posted 08-31-2009 06:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MadSci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well you got to me - I bit and ordered a set today! The pictures on the site here look fantastic!

Larry McGlynn
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posted 08-31-2009 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine arrived today also. Looks great!

Leon Ford
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posted 08-31-2009 08:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Leon Ford   Click Here to Email Leon Ford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got mine today also. The ASF really did a nice job. Thank you!!!

rjurek349
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posted 08-31-2009 11:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lucite no. 11 touched down today in Northwest Indiana. Thanks, ASF and Rusty for making these available. A fantastic flown artifact from A9.

Aztecdoug
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posted 08-31-2009 11:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine showed up today. This is the most exciting one of the trilogy for me. First manned flight of the LM. Very cool.

mjanovec
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posted 09-01-2009 02:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got mine yesterday too. I'm very happy with it and was a little surprised just how big the foil segment was inside the acrylic. Of course, size and shape probably varies somewhat for each one.

Also, I noticed the ASF is now laminating the COAs, which helps them from being bent.

Now we just have to wait for Apollo 13 to land in our mailboxes in a few months!

NightHawk117
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posted 09-01-2009 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NightHawk117   Click Here to Email NightHawk117     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is anyone able to post a picture?

4allmankind
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posted 09-02-2009 05:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4allmankind   Click Here to Email 4allmankind     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just opened up my Apollo 9 lucite and am as impressed as I was with the first piece in the series. Great job on these, ASF!

MrSpace86
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posted 09-02-2009 07:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Holding it up to the light makes the foil seem 'see-through'. It's a strange yet cool effect.

328KF
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posted 09-02-2009 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Ken Havekotte:
Schweickart himself provided and donated the Kapton strip to the ASF. He detached a section of Kapton tape-insulation from LM-3 during his EVA to "Spider" on Flight Day 3.

It looks from the description on the bottom that the story of how Schweickart obtained the foil has changed.

The acrylic says it was "removed from the top hatch...as he prepared the craft to be jettisoned."

It seems much more likely, to me at least, that he would think to grab a souvenir at this time than when he was hanging by his boots on the front porch!

GACspaceguy
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posted 09-03-2009 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We received our lucite the other day and are very impressed, especially by the size of the artifact. We have added it to our Apollo 9 display that now has a 1/48 model of the first flown stack with the complete crew signing of the open panel, the CM heat shield plug lucite and now the LM foil lucite. Looking forward to the Apollo 13 later this year. Not sure what the ASF can do to top this!

328KF
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posted 09-03-2009 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's a great looking model! Are those the Danbury Mint Apollo 13 spacecraft I see tucked in there?

A very nice display with the Apollo 9 lucites.

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posted 09-04-2009 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p.kentzinger   Click Here to Email p.kentzinger     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lucite no. 80 touched down today in France.

c11esh
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posted 09-04-2009 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for c11esh   Click Here to Email c11esh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received #78 today. Excellent item

liebeek
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posted 09-04-2009 03:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for liebeek   Click Here to Email liebeek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Number 45 has just received a prominent spot in my study. Great artifact, makes me real proud.

MadSci
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posted 09-04-2009 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MadSci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Apollo 9 and shuttle lucites touched down simultaneously today in Maryland! #110 for both of them!

They are really well done and particularly the Apollo 9 which has a large piece of interesting foil with both silver and gold parts to it! Larger and prettier than my Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 lucites!

Great job by the ASF!

machbusterman
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posted 09-05-2009 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
#17 arrived safely in Scotland yesterday and just as before, I am VERY happy with this fabulous lucite.

Can't wait for Apollo 13 to arrive and I do hope the ASF continue with another Space Artifact series next year... Wouldn't it be neat to be able to continue to keep the same number in the series also?

Ken Havekotte
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posted 09-05-2009 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 328KF:
It looks from the description on the bottom that the story of how Schweickart obtained the foil has changed.
I stand corrected!

When discussions were first made about the new artifact series, the ASF had a good-sized flown Kapton section of Apollo 9's LM-3/Spider in their possession. After examining the Kapton souvenir last year, I just had assumed that it was detached by the LMP during his EVA, the first in the Apollo program -- and while working outside both spacecrafts -- Schweickart became the world's first self-contained human satellite during the first intervehicular transfer in space!

One of Schweickart's spacewalk objectives was to retrieve thermal (Kapton) samples from LM-3's exterior. Apparently, as stated on the Apollo 9 acrylics along with their COAs for the ASF new artifact series, the Kapton thermal tape-coating was removed by both Schweickart and McDivitt prior to the final separation of Spider's ascent stage from the command ship on Flight Day 5.

In the Spring of 2008 Schweickart himself had first donated a large Kapton segment to the ASF's 2008 Semi-Annual Auction. The section was so large that I had suggested only a smaller portion of it be included as a lot offering for the semi-annual auction.

The remainder of the Kapton insulation could be returned to Schweickart or retained by the ASF. It was later donated to the ASF, which by the way, provided an excellent opportunity for it to be used as a "flown" acrylic project by the first Apollo spacewalker and first "true" lunar module pilot.

davidcwagner
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posted 09-05-2009 07:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for davidcwagner   Click Here to Email davidcwagner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Number 93 landed in New Mexico. Great acrylic. The certificate of authenticity is laminated. The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation people get an A+ for responding to feedback from the first Space Shuttle Acrylic which had a plain paper COA that was just an inch to large for the box so the COA tended to have a folded end.

Can not wait for the next installment. This is really a great job done by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Sign me up for the next series.

Frederic Janik
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posted 09-08-2009 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Frederic Janik   Click Here to Email Frederic Janik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Number 48 finally made it to Finland. Very happy with it.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-24-2009 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has revealed the 2010 Space Artifacts:
  • Apollo 14: swatch of Beta cloth, the same type of glass-woven fiber fabric used to cover the astronauts' spacesuits, flown to the Moon on the Command Module Kittyhawk, certified by Edgar Mitchell.

  • Apollo 16: Pyro System Schematic section, part of a data book that was aboard the Apollo 16 Lunar Module Orion, certified by Charlie Duke.

  • STS-51D: Space shuttle thermal protection system tile segment flown on the first four flights of Discovery, removed after STS-51D, certified by Don Williams.
Current Space Artifact Series members will have the chance to renew, retaining their same serial number, before new members will be accepted beginning Oct. 6.

daveblog
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posted 09-24-2009 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for daveblog   Click Here to Email daveblog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got finished renewing my subscription for next year... I also found out that the third installment for 2009 will be shipped on or about November 25th.

MrSpace86
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posted 09-24-2009 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am a huge fan of the series but am unsure if I will renew it. I mean, they sound like great artifacts, but they cannot top this year's. The beta cloth does not seem to be a fragment from a spacecraft and the Apollo 16 item seems to be a fragment of a cue card? The tile piece sounds interesting though.

What would really help me is if I saw a photo of the actual items. I don't really want to cough up $700 in the dark but it seems we are in a time crunch here!

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posted 09-24-2009 04:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sure the 2010 series will look just great.... I've renewed also! Looking forward to the Apollo 13 artifact coming at the end of November too!!

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posted 09-24-2009 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can see cutting the beta cloth into segments, but I've never been a big fan of cutting up cue cards, checklist pages, maps, etc. Those items, in my mind, lose their value completely once destroyed like that.

One advantage to the acrylic... the swatches won't be cut into ever smaller pieces for resale by the buyer.

So I give the 2010 series a 2 out of 3.

SpaceAholic
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posted 09-24-2009 04:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 328KF:
One advantage to the acrylic... the swatches won't be cut into ever smaller pieces for resale by the buyer.
Don't bet on that... it's been done previously with other lucites.

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posted 09-24-2009 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 7 Forty7   Click Here to Email 7 Forty7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just wondered if the 2009 collection is still something that I can sign up for or do you think it's a bit late?

Jeff
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posted 09-24-2009 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Their web site seems to still be offering the 2009 series.

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posted 09-24-2009 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by SpaceAholic:
Don't bet on that... it's been done previously with other lucites.
Really? What do they do... melt them down to get at the artifact?

SpaceAholic
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posted 09-24-2009 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 328KF:
Really? What do they do... melt them down to get at the artifact?
It's relatively easy to extract material after embrittlement (via freezing). Believe there are at least a couple of entrepreneurs who have obtained source material for their presentations from lucites.


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