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Ken Havekotte
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posted 01-19-2013 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are there any knowledgeable cS members out there that can help me identify an Apollo Lunar Module dust plug seal that came from Apollo 12's Lunar Module "Intrepid" (LM-6)? I got it from Pete Conrad in 1991.

I am trying to find photos, diagrams, and anything else in learning more about the LM dust plug seals or cap covers, especially knowing the actual location and function of the one I have from LM-6.

It may be a part of the Apollo Lunar Module Alignment Optical Telescope (AOT) from within the LM-cylindrical crew compartment interior, or, there may even be a possibility mine came from the laser ranging retro-reflector experiment that Conrad and Bean had deployed while on the lunar surface.

The 1.5" diameter circular seal or cap is 1/2" thick and has on it two serial numbers; SV723763 and 708365. There is another unreadable number along with a government inspection stamp of some kind imprinted on the dust seal.

For anyone's help, I'll be more than happy to provide a flown space gift(s). Many thanks for any/all help on this request of mine. You guys are the best!

nasamad
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posted 01-19-2013 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was thinking it sounds like a core tube end as Charlie Duke has also sold one in the past but I think they were closer to 1" diameter, is it metal or plastic Ken? Can you post an image?

I don't recall reading about anything like that as part of a LRRR, they seemed to have pip pins to deploy handles and a plastic sheet cover.

SpaceAholic
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posted 01-19-2013 04:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kollsman built the AOT; your component was fabricated by Hamilton Standard. Based on the description that limits its application to ECU or an interface affiliated with the A7L PLSS/OPS system.

SpaceAholic
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posted 01-19-2013 07:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This your cover?

Ken Havekotte
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posted 01-19-2013 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice work! That could very well be the same-type dust seal cap that I got from Conrad more than twenty years ago.

Which now brings up another question; Was the seal cover disconnected by the Apollo 12 commander after his EVA lunar surface walks?

I would think so. Once Conrad's backpack was no longer needed by him, the seal cap was disconnected by the third moonwalker for a return to earth souvenir of man's second lunar landing mission in 1969.

Great job, SpaceAholic, and I'll be emailing you soon. Thank you so much (just what I was hoping for).

SpaceAholic
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posted 01-20-2013 12:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ken Havekotte:
Was the seal cover disconnected by the Apollo 12 commander after his EVA lunar surface walks?

The cover would have been removed from the receptor prior to EVA (to enable RCU umbilical attachment)

space1
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posted 01-20-2013 04:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations, guys! Nice work.

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