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DCCollector
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posted 03-25-2009 09:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DCCollector   Click Here to Email DCCollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just came across the Space Artifact Series Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's website. Sounds like it could be interesting...

daveblog
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posted 05-13-2009 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for daveblog   Click Here to Email daveblog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is live now. I just ordered mine! 2009 SAS features:
  • Apollo 9 Lunar Module, Spider, insulation segment from astronaut Rusty Schweickart

  • Apollo 13 Command Module, Odyssey, couch material from astronaut Fred Haise

  • STS-27/STS-28, Space Shuttle tire segment from astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson

paulushumungus
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posted 05-13-2009 01:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paulushumungus   Click Here to Email paulushumungus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These were on display at their stand at Autographica 13 and they were really nice. Does this mean that each year they will issue similar acrylics from other missions?

MrSpace86
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posted 05-13-2009 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They will try to do it every year depending on the availability of items from the astronauts. I never knew that Rusty actually went over and yanked a piece of foil off before the end of his EVA... that acrylic will look nice next to my LEM contractor model.

I think it is an okay price. I mean, a Kansas Cosmosphere Apollo 13 retailed for $500 at their gift shop and now sells for a lot more. While this is not the same, it is certainly similar and a good substitute.

I am also not a big fan of buying something I have not seen, especially flown items. But it was too tempting to pass up. Anyone else order a set? Anyone take photos of them at Autographica?

randyc
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posted 05-13-2009 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randyc   Click Here to Email randyc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I signed up for these artifacts earlier today. I already have several flown artifacts encased in 'shaved cone' acrylics with the mission emblem on the bottom, so these will look great with those. The money is also going to a great cause so it was an easy decision for me.

manilajim
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posted 05-13-2009 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for manilajim   Click Here to Email manilajim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I ordered mine too. This is a great opportunity for collectors and absolutely no question as to the authenticity of these artifacts. Helping the ASF is always a good thing.

Ben
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posted 05-14-2009 10:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I placed an order as well. Is there any indication of when they will send the first one?

randyc
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posted 05-14-2009 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for randyc   Click Here to Email randyc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The first acrylic will be out in late May/early June; the second in late August/early September and the third in late November/early December.

stsmithva
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posted 05-14-2009 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll echo the positive comments - these are at the top of my list when I replenish my collecting budget. Interesting missions, nice artifacts, money going to a good cause... AND the provenance of a hand-signed COA from each astronaut.

liebeek
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posted 05-14-2009 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for liebeek   Click Here to Email liebeek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One set will go to The Netherlands. Great lucites, great cause. Looking forward to enjoying them on a daily basis.

MrSpace86
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posted 05-23-2009 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am surprised these are not sold out yet. I thought they were going to fly off within a few days. Maybe the economy is affecting the sale.

What sold me was the fact that the Apollo 9 foil is actually from Spider. And I also liked that the Apollo 13 acrylic looks eerily similar to the Cosmosphere acrylic. In many ways, it could potentially be better than the Cosmosphere's version of it.

I am eager to receive my first one. As soon as someone receives one, post a photo!

Jeff
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posted 06-01-2009 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received my first acrylic. It's the Shuttle tire fragment from the collection of “Hoot” Gibson.

Very nice…. The pictures on the site don’t do it any justice. I have various acrylics in my collection already, however none are as large as this one. If the Apollo 9 and 13 gems are this quality and size, I’ll be very pleased.

rjurek349
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posted 06-01-2009 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received mine today and I have to say, it is a WONDERFUL lucite. Well done -- large, large fragment, and hand signed COA from Hoot, along with signature on the circular info piece embedded in the lucite. Serial number on COA and on the embedded sheet. Well done ASF! The quality has completely exceeded my expectations.

Looking forward to the A13 and A9 pieces... and, of course, any others in the future. There are only 200 limited sets. I will be shocked if they don't sell out.

PS: Happy to be serial number 11.

MrSpace86
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posted 06-01-2009 03:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received mine as well. It is WAY better than I expected.

I don't think the pictures do it justice. You have to see it and hold it. I can't wait to get the other ones. If anyone has better pics, please post!

I am #31.

mjanovec
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posted 06-02-2009 12:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also got my lucite today and am VERY pleased with it...and am happy that I decided to sign up for this series. I would love to see several years worth of artifacts presented this way.

#59 here.

Jeff
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posted 06-02-2009 07:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've contacted the folks at ASF and asked if we the "Charter Members" of the artifact series will be provided any advanced notice on next year's set. I explained that my fear is I'll miss out on the next series once people realize this is a great thing they missed, and they jump onboard.

The response from ASF was "Absolutely" ...additionally, they’re putting all of us on a contact list for future series notification.

I'm #34.

GACspaceguy
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posted 06-02-2009 08:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is great news! #58

manilajim
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posted 06-02-2009 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for manilajim   Click Here to Email manilajim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received mine today (#30) and it is very well done with a decent size chunk of tire embedded within. ASF has hit a homerun with this series!

daveblog
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posted 06-02-2009 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for daveblog   Click Here to Email daveblog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by manilajim:
I received mine today (#30)
Mine didn't come yet and I live right next door to you!

NJSPACEFAN
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posted 06-03-2009 07:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NJSPACEFAN   Click Here to Email NJSPACEFAN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those of you who got it, can you tell me how was it shipped to you? USPS, UPS, FEDEX?? I got an email dated 5-29 saying it was being shipped, that I'm #22 - but have not received anything yet. Thanks.

Jeff
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posted 06-03-2009 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine was shipped via USPS.

TRS
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posted 06-04-2009 03:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Waiting eagerly in New Zealand!

As a matter of interest - is there anyone over #100 out there?

machbusterman
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posted 06-05-2009 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine arrived today... what a wonderful piece... can't wait for the rest of the series.

I'm #17.

Hats off to the ASF and the participating astronauts... can't get better provenance than an item that came directly from the astronaut involved in the mission.

mjanovec
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posted 06-05-2009 04:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know if I've seen it mentioned before, but for those who are struggling with coming up with $700 all at once have the option of paying for the Artifact Series in three installments. They will run your credit card three times over the year, in installments of $249 each, plus a one-time shipping fee.

I don't know if that convinces anybody who is still sitting on the fence, but I figured it was worth mentioning. Contact the ASF for more information.

liebeek
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posted 06-06-2009 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for liebeek   Click Here to Email liebeek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine arrived today and I think they did a great job! A truly stunning piece. Really looking forward to the other two.

I am no. 45.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-06-2009 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This was a great idea by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and executed brilliantly. As anyone who has seen my collection knows, I am a big fan of acrylics and in particular, slanted-face cylinders. As you can see, these fit right in...

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posted 06-07-2009 12:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Check-Six   Click Here to Email Check-Six     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Impressive, Robert... But I think I have you beat on quantity, with over 3 dozen lucites encasing historic material from numerous aerospace programs...

But you still win on quality

TRS
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posted 06-07-2009 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine arrived in New Zealand today - fantastic, a really really nice piece which is 'on loan' to a collegue's desk until I get it home tonight. What a fantastic start to the series.

Craig #32

By the way Robert, what's the story behind the Skylab 'shaved cone' one you have there? - I haven't seen one of these other than in your collection...

Robert Pearlman
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I have only seen two... including the one I own. No idea who made it (the text on the bottom is purely descriptive of the history of Skylab). Both appeared on eBay, separated by about four years. I saw the first one, was outbid, then when the second was listed, I was steadfast in my determination to be the winning bidder. And I haven't seen another since...

AJ
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posted 06-07-2009 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJ   Click Here to Email AJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MrSpace86:
The bottom. I think this signature is preprinted, but I could be wrong
The ASF site says it is a "digital" signature. I hadn't planned on joining this series but after hearing such rave reviews, as well as receiving a nice brochure from ASF I'm seriously reconsidering...

MrSpace86
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posted 06-07-2009 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by AJ:
the ASF site says it is a "digital" signature.

Hmmm... I don't think it said that before. I even talked to someone on the phone the day they were announced and she said they were signed. So I was right. But since I am right, I think I want a refund. Joking. I still cannot wait to receive the others.

Robert, you have a few acrylics I have been looking for. Any of yours for sale? I also noticed that the Apollo 13 ASF acrylic will be smaller than the Cosmosphere Apollo 13 acrylic.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-07-2009 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry, the acrylics in my collection are not for sale.

I should also note, regarding size, that the Apollo 13 acrylic pictured above is not the one that was sold by the Cosmosphere but rather a larger example that was prepared in limited number for the prime cast and crew of "Apollo 13", the movie.

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posted 06-12-2009 03:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
#73 touched down in California at the Aztec Pleasure Palace/Science Center this week. I admit that I am a little excited at the prospect of getting a few more of these as the years roll by.

It would be nice to maybe get a bit of this or that from each of the MGA Missions and then all five shuttles plus maybe even ALT before this all wraps up.

My only suggestion would be if possible to ship the COA in a manner where the edge doesn't get curled up.

Overall though extremely pleased I made the jump.

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quote:
Originally posted by Check-Six:
But I think I have you beat on quantity, with over 3 dozen lucites encasing historic material from numerous aerospace programs...
I guess you beat me too.....I only have 32.

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posted 06-16-2009 07:25 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 MrSpace86:
I never knew that Rusty actually went over and yanked a piece of foil off before the end of his EVA

Does anyone know that this was how the foil was obtained? I had never heard this before, and was wondering if someone had confirmed the source with ASF.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 06-16-2009 10:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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.

MrSpace86
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posted 06-16-2009 11:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I spoke to the people a the ASF and the first question I asked was how did they obtain LEM foil if the LEM burned up in the atmosphere and they explained to me that Rusty went over and cut a large section off at the end of his EVA.

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posted 06-17-2009 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent...thank you for the responses.

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#80 arrived in France yesterday.

daveblog
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posted 06-22-2009 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for daveblog   Click Here to Email daveblog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
#10 arrived in NJ late last week. What a beautiful addition to my lucite collection. I cannot wait for the other two this year, and whatever might be available next year!


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