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atpowell
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From: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Registered: Apr 2004

posted 04-15-2013 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for atpowell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was so excited to finally obtain a flown Apollo 11 artifact a few months ago at auction. The letter from Buzz Aldrin states in part "aluminum equipment label... was salvaged from the Command Module forward hatch of the 'Eagle' and was flown to the moon on the Apollo 11 flight." So I'm trying to learn more about this and wondering if any of you can help. A few questions:
  1. The letter says 'Eagle' but I believe this was from the forward hatch of 'Columbia' — the outside of the hatch (that mated with Eagle).

  2. So if this was the "outside" of the forward hatch, was this exposed to space? I know there was a docking probe — was that sealed over this?

  3. So presumably one could open this hatch from the outside using "Tool B" in case of emergency — assume that would be if the LM was docked to the CM and for some reason Collins couldn't open the hatch?

  4. Any ideas of a picture of this on the outside of any Apollo CM hatch? I have been looking.

  5. Any idea how/why this was removed from 'Columbia'? Seems like this is a 'part' of the spacecraft — surprised it was separated. Would Aldrin have removed it and if so thoughts on when?
Thanks for any insights! I love to learn the 'stories' behind these amazing artifacts! — Albrecht

LateApex
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posted 04-15-2013 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LateApex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congrats on winning that item. I was bidding against you and really wanted it - fantastic piece.

Wishing you the best in learning more.

space1
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From: Danville, Ohio, USA
Registered: Dec 2002

posted 04-15-2013 06:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That type of decal would be located on the exterior of the forward hatch. So it would have been exposed to space. Congratulations!

The exterior insulating film and attached decals were removed after the flight as part of the standard spacecraft post-flight processing.

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John Fongheiser
Historic Space Systems

Greggy_D
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posted 04-15-2013 06:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which auction was this item sold at?

mikej
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From: Germantown, WI USA
Registered: Jan 2004

posted 04-15-2013 06:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikej   Click Here to Email mikej     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can see this decal in situ on page 47 of the Apollo Command Module News Reference.

atpowell
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From: Pittsburgh, PA USA
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posted 04-15-2013 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for atpowell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What an amazing group of people – thanks so much for all the information! I cherish this piece of history even more with all these insights. I won this at the November 2012 RR Auction.

MikeJ, thanks for the CM News reference! I looked everywhere to find a photo!

John, I've followed your posts for years – thanks – and exposed to space on top – how exciting!

And LateApex, sorry for outbidding you, but the prize of my collection. Thanks everyone!

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