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randyc
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posted 04-16-2010 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randyc   Click Here to Email randyc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The second in the 2010 Series, a lucite containing a piece of beta cloth that was flown on the Apollo 14 mission, were shipped on April 13.

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posted 04-16-2010 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine arived in Georgia this morning.

machbusterman
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posted 04-23-2010 04:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Number 17 arrived in Dunfermline today... VERY happy with this piece... what a GREAT series this is!!

Looking forward to the final installment in a few months time... and hoping there's a 2011 series also!

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posted 07-13-2010 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any news for the 2011 series?

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I contacted the ASF a few weeks ago about a 2011 series and they said there would be one. Cant wait to see what artifacts the 2011 series brings.

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posted 08-20-2010 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NJSPACEFAN   Click Here to Email NJSPACEFAN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The new ASF Artifact arrived here in NJ (#22) today - the Charlie Duke LM flown Pyro Schematic page fragment.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 08-20-2010 05:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yep, the new artifact releases are "in," as mine arrived yesterday (no #s). The acrylics this time contained an unusual artifact from Duke that was part of a flown LM-11/Orion data manual.

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posted 09-18-2010 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Frederic Janik   Click Here to Email Frederic Janik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Assuming the schedule is similar to last year's we should be a short while before the Space Artifact Series 2011 program is released. I for one can't wait...

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posted 10-29-2010 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just contacted ASF and asked about the release date for the 2011 series. I was told that because of the current AAMS show, they won’t be releasing the series until after next weekend. However, I was told that they had secured one artifact and it’s available for pre-sale. I realize I’m not eligible for the pre-sale…but was wondering if anyone who received the 2010 series could tell me and the other cS members who skipped last year, what that artifact is.

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posted 10-29-2010 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for c11esh   Click Here to Email c11esh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You seem to know more than me!

I have purchased both series and have had no contact from them with regards to the 2011 release.

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posted 10-29-2010 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Me neither

Jeff
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I just received another e-mail from ASF. Apparently, when they told me yesterday that they were pre-selling, they didn’t mean pre-selling the first artifact but rather pre-selling the 2011 series... My apologies for any confusion.

machbusterman
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posted 10-30-2010 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm pretty disappointed that the ASF haven't contacted the subscribers that purchased the first two series first... in my opinion they should have had first chance to purchase next years series.

Jeff
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posted 10-31-2010 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I’m sure that the pre-sale will be for those of you who subscribed to last year’s artifacts. I contacted them with the question, as this seemed like the time of year when they released the new series in the past. I was simply asking, if any of you who’d signed up for last year’s series, been notified of what the new artifacts would be.

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posted 11-22-2010 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sthomas9999   Click Here to Email sthomas9999     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got an email about the 2011 Series:
  • Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Command Module Aft Heat Shield segments, authenticated by astronaut Vance Brand

  • Astronaut EVA Hydration Pack segment used by astronaut Scott Parazynski during his STS-120 spacewalk

  • An exciting artifact TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

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posted 11-23-2010 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NightHawk117   Click Here to Email NightHawk117     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted 11-23-2010 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Frederic Janik   Click Here to Email Frederic Janik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not sure what to think of this to be honest...

MrSpace86
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posted 11-23-2010 11:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Better than 2010 series, nowhere near as cool as 2009. Really hard to top that series. That third item will be the dealbreaker for me as I only like one of the two artifacts.

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posted 11-23-2010 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The STS-120 flown segment is from one of the most famous spacewalks of the shuttle era.

Scott Parazynski, riding at the end of the 50-foot orbiter extension boom -- itself grappled by Discovery's robotic arm -- repaired a torn solar array high above the International Space Station.

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posted 11-23-2010 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NightHawk117   Click Here to Email NightHawk117     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone remember the original price of the 2010 series? The price is now $799.

MrSpace86
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posted 11-23-2010 01:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While I agree with Robert on the importance of the spacewalk, it's almost like going back to the original debate made about the second series. I believe collectors desire fragments of actual spacecraft, not cue cards or cloths.

I am assuming the hydration pack comes from his spacesuit? If so, it makes the items a little more desirable. Can anyone specify where and what the hydration pack does?

Jeff
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posted 11-23-2010 01:43 PM     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 NightHawk117:
Does anyone remember the original price of the 2010 series? The price is now $799.
Both the 2009 and 2010 series began life at $699 and as soon as they release the new series, the old one goes up to $799.

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posted 11-23-2010 01:48 PM     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 MrSpace86:
That third item will be the dealbreaker for me as I only like one of the two artifacts.
I'm with MrSpace86 again this year... I only have interest in one of the two artifacts at this time, however, I'll reserve judgment until I see the mystery item.

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Originally posted by MrSpace86:
I am assuming the hydration pack comes from his spacesuit?
I'm assuming "hydration pack" refers to the In-Suit Drink Bag (IDB), a plastic water-filled pouch mounted inside the hard upper torso of the extravehicular mobility unit (EMU, or spacesuit) that provides the astronaut drinking water during the EVA.

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posted 11-23-2010 04:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmm...I think that's kind of neat since I can't recall an acrylic that has an actual piece of flown spacesuit from the Space Shuttle program. At first glance it didn't seem as cool, but I am still awaiting that third item.

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I'm kind of on the fence as well...on the one hand, I think it's neat to have flown stuff, period, but on the other hand I can't say I'm prepared to shell out $700 for this set. Looks like mystery item #3 is going to be the deal-breaker for a few people.

Jeff
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posted 11-24-2010 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just curious if anyone who received the e-mail from ASF also received an estimated date that artifact 3 would be revealed.

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posted 11-24-2010 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received the e-mail. No dates mentioned. I ordered mine. As far as I see it these are great items, the quality is great, all flown, great provenance, signed documents from the astronaut and cool looking when on display. It is all win win.

I like to display mine with another part of my collection. I have the Apollo 13 piece sitting by the Apollo 13 Danbury Mint CSM/LM model. The Apollo 14 piece on the Code 3 model of Shepard's golf swing and Apollo 9 you can see if you go back to page 2 of this thread. Plans for the new ones are already formulating in my mind.

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posted 11-25-2010 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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I received the e-mail. No dates mentioned.
Thanks, I e-mailed ASF and asked the same question but haven't gotten a response yet. If they respond, I'll post their answer.

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posted 11-28-2010 04:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I won't be renewing until artifact 3 has been announced either.... and that would likely need to be an item from either Mercury, Gemini, Skylab or a Apollo... and preferably a piece of the spacecraft (or parachute) rather than a flown schematic or the like. The first series were all items from the SPACECRAFT which for me makes them much more interesting artifacts.

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Suspect this is what they have in mind, couple of months ago received an email from an ASF representative requesting a segment of the SL-3 parachute (was unable to oblige as the artifact is fully intact, so they may still be trying to source some flight vehicle material for the third lucite).

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Ideally it would be a Gemini Spacecraft artifact. Parachute material would be interesting but I would much rather have a segment from the spacecraft itself. I can't wait to see what they announce.

I thought these artifacts came from the astronauts themselves, not collectors. Weird.

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Its hard to believe they would sell the set when they dont even know what they will have to offer yet.

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Originally posted by MrSpace86:
I thought these artifacts came from the astronauts themselves, not collectors. Weird.

For the first two years, the artifacts were advertised as coming from the astronauts themselves. However, if you look at the advertising for the 2011 set, there is no mention that the items came from the astronauts, but only that the astronauts have "authenticated" the items in question.

Despite this change, I don't really have a huge need to obtain artifacts directly from the astronauts, as long as the items in question are authentic and interesting.

For me, getting pieces from the Mercury and Gemini program are of the greatest interest...as the series has concentrated on Apollo and Shuttle to date. I hope the third item announced comes from one of the earlier programs.

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I just received a response from Nicole Russ from ASF. To the question of “when will the third artifact be revealed”, Nicole answered with “Still working it, I hope this week!”

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posted 11-30-2010 03:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paulushumungus   Click Here to Email paulushumungus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How cool would an Apollo 8 artifact be?

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posted 11-30-2010 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Depends on your local room temperature...

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Depends on your local room temperature...
Excellent...

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posted 12-01-2010 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paulushumungus   Click Here to Email paulushumungus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Based on mine at the moment... bloody cool, infact very icy.

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posted 12-07-2010 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have noticed it has become rather difficult for them to release a series. I am thinking this may be the last artifact series, at least for consecutive years.

I would have waited to secure all three before announcing anything, but that's just me. The wait continues...


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