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posted 11-27-2012 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space-coins   Click Here to Email space-coins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I need some help identifying some (possible) Apollo hardware. This piece of 'metal' is approximately 4x4cm and weights 35 grams.

I got it together as part of a larger lot. There was a handwritten note with it that said: "This is a sample of the material used in the insulation of the heat shield that protected the Apollo capsule." Any thoughts on that? Thank you!!

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posted 11-27-2012 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikej   Click Here to Email mikej     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This photo:

...looks like it might be the honeycomb material into which the ablative material is injected when making Command Module heat shield.

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posted 11-27-2012 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The honeycomb into which the resin was injected was nylon...the stainless meshing is part of the substructure underlaying the Avco ablative layer.

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