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FFrench
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posted 05-11-2012 06:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At the San Diego Air & Space Museum we've received the following query. These photos, we were told by the provider, show an Apollo command module at North Island in San Diego (where the CMs were shipped after splashdown and safed before transport to Downey for more extensive post-flight examination). The question is, which command module is this?

A number of them were left with this little Mylar at this point, so I am hoping that perhaps the burn pattern and/or other distinctive blemishes might make this command module identifiable to those of you with extensive post-flight images of flown CMs. Thank you so much!

garymilgrom
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posted 05-11-2012 08:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Francis I have increased the contrast and cropped your images to try and show the CM more clearly. Contact me if you want the full size files.

CM_gates_cm01-lg sml

CM_gates_cm02-lg sml

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SpaceAholic
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posted 05-11-2012 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Endeavour

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-11-2012 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SpaceAholic:
Endeavour
And for the benefit of the class, what tell tale signs point to this being the Apollo 15 command module?

SpaceAholic
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posted 05-11-2012 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lets give other members an opportunity to validate/refute

LM-12
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posted 05-11-2012 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the second photo, you can see a white v-shaped mark about halfway up the CM next to the blackened area.

It looks like you can see that same v-shaped mark on the Apollo 15 CM in image 0444 on the A Field Guide to American Spacecraft website.

Jurg Bolli
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posted 05-11-2012 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the same V mark on a photo taken a year ago, so I agree: Apollo 15.

David Carey
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posted 05-11-2012 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pretty smart classroom...

Great photos too.

FFrench
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posted 05-11-2012 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks so much for the detective work, corroborating links, and enhancing the photos, everyone. It is much appreciated. A lot of smart and knowledgeable people out there!

LM-12
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posted 05-11-2012 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That was fun.

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