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abp199
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posted 12-13-2011 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for abp199   Click Here to Email abp199     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too am disappointed with the SAS for 2012 but decided to purchase anyway for a few reasons.
  1. I have all of the collections to date
  2. Larger artifacts and smaller overall quantity being offered
  3. My hope that a better selection of artifacts are available in the 2013 program
In my conversations with the ASF folks, I totally understand that they are the mercy of the owners of the artifacts and I am sure that they are doing all they can to secure interesting and historically significant items. But in the end I will not continue with the program if other programs are not represented.

As for the pricing of these series, I do not know if the ASF is a non-profit but if the SAS memberships were tax deductible as a contribution to the scholarship program the net cost may be more in line with the significance of the artifact.

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posted 12-13-2011 09:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At Spacefest 2011 there was a vendor (cannot recall the name) who was selling coins produced from melted flown artifacts. Inquiring into what sort of artifacts were used, the individuals manning the booth pulled out a fully intact flown Command Module Audio Center Equipment with JSC and NASM tags identical to the unit shown here. They confirmed NASA has been periodically releasing artifacts under contract to support production of the medallions/coins. My persistence in offering to purchase the hardware and prevent its demise in the kiln proved unsuccessful.

Bottom line - NASA, at least up until very recently has demonstrated its okay with reincarnating flight artifacts so unfortunately sources remain available for initiatives like the one mentioned above and ASF if the proper contacts are in place.

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posted 12-14-2011 11:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is nice to have items from the first flights of Columbia and Challenger. I will continue to support the foundation and keep my series going. However the gee whiz factor and gravitas is on a downward glide slope.

I would like to see something from ALT and I know everyone would go nuts for something from the HST. Perhaps even follow the notion of first flights from the other orbiters too? Maybe those are some future angles that can be attacked if Mercury and Gemini are truly out of the picture.

MrSpace86
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posted 12-14-2011 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the lucites look great! In fact, I will consider splitting the costs and lucites with someone (I am not a fan of the STS-6 arcylic). I like the STS-1 lucite a lot with the STS-118 coming in at a close second.

machbusterman
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posted 12-21-2011 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know its difficult for the ASF to produce these series... In my opinion, the 2009 series was the best by a long margin. As much as I like the acrylics I can't justify the cost for the 2012 offering. Whilst I admit the size of the artifacts in the acrylics are more appealing size-wise I just am not prepared to spend $699 plus shipping for them as in my opinion this years series is closer value-wise to $399.

MrSpace86
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posted 04-01-2012 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone received any of them yet for 2012?

MB
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posted 04-23-2012 04:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MB   Click Here to Email MB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received mine (71/100) last Saturday. It was the STS-118 SPACEHAB strap segment. It looks really good and worth the wait. I received and email to from ASF saying the second lucite is on schedule for delivery in June.

GACspaceguy
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posted 04-23-2012 06:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
#58 has arrived here in Georgia.

MrSpace86
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posted 05-09-2012 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would any of mind posting photos? I guess I am still debating whether or not to purchase the set

GACspaceguy
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posted 05-14-2012 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Below are pictures of the latest, and first for 2012, of the flown artifacts. It is the STS-118 Spacehab strap segment, Barbara Morgan signed.

MrSpace86
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posted 05-14-2012 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, thank you for posting that! It actually looks like a neat object/acrylic.

Cool tile too

GACspaceguy
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posted 07-10-2012 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the latest installment of the ASF Lucite series for 2012. STS-6 Activity Page segment signed by Paul Weitz. It arrived on July 3rd.

MrSpace86
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posted 10-21-2012 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any updates on this series? Anyone receive the STS-1 artifact?

daveblog
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posted 10-21-2012 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for daveblog   Click Here to Email daveblog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The STS-1 artifact arrived yesterday here in NJ. I will try to post a photo later today.

MB
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posted 10-21-2012 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MB   Click Here to Email MB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received my STS-1 artifact (#71) yesterday as well. This one was well worth the wait.

MrSpace86
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posted 10-24-2012 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That'd be awesome to see pics! I am STILL debating whether or not to get this series. Ugh, I am so indecisive

GACspaceguy
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posted 10-24-2012 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a photo of the latest STS-1 Lucite. It is a very well done presentation signed by Bob Crippen.


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