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denali414
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posted 03-10-2019 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought a thread on all of the space-flown Skylab orbital workshop items would be a good idea. I bet many have some rare and not seen often items in their collection. I'll start with a few:

This is a fragment of Skylab that was recovered in Australia and verified by NASA July 11, 1979.

Silver edition:

Gold edition:

Dome edition:

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-10-2019 04:12 PM     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 denali414:
This is a fragment of Skylab...
To be more specific, these fragments are fiberglas insulation from one of Skylab's six oxygen tanks. The acrylics were produced by Delta Vee, Inc., which recruited (and compensated) Pete Conrad for help in marketing the mementos.

(July 11, 1979 is the date Skylab fell back to Earth, not the date of certification.)

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 03-10-2019 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I saw the coverage of the break up of Skylab over Australia on BBC news I took a punt and wrote a letter to "the Mayor of Esperance Shire, Esperance, Australia." In the letter I explained my passion for the space program and asked if he (or she) could see their way to sending some kind of debris sample... no matter how small.

Imagine my surprise when 2 months later a rather thin, flimsy envelope with zero packaging landed on my doorstep accompanied by a typed letter of authenticity and a hand written note both from PK Arlidge, Co-ordinator of Esperance State Emergency services.

I believe this piece of structural beam measuring approximately 4 inches by 2 inches by 1 was cut from a much larger item that was eventually gifted to the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C.

SkyMan1958
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posted 03-10-2019 07:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got one of what you called, the "Dome Edition." One thing that intrigued me was that on the base of the lucite, there is a sticker applied that says:
A Magnificent Possession
With Compliments
Station KFIV
From what I can remember, there was a newspaper in the USA (SF Examiner?) that was offering 10K to the first person who got a chunk of Skylab to the newspaper office within 72 hours of reentry. Somewhere along the way there was a radio station who helped an Australian with a chunk of the Skylab to make the trip, My best guess is that this station KFIV was the station that helped.

Mike Dixon
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posted 03-10-2019 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seems like it was yesterday. Esperance was a very very small town in the late 70s.

thisismills
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posted 03-10-2019 08:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thisismills   Click Here to Email thisismills     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A few more displays, a sales brochure for the pyramid type, and the printed Conrad letter of authenticity card that accompanies.

thisismills
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posted 03-10-2019 09:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thisismills   Click Here to Email thisismills     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is also a slightly different version of the pyramid type, presented by McDonnell Douglas.

randy
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posted 03-10-2019 10:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also have a Skylab display that consists of a poster that is a picture of Skylab that says "Americas first manned space station" and has a piece of oxygen tank insulation with the LOA signed by Pete Conrad and the other LOA.

Ben
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posted 03-10-2019 11:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know how many pyramids or other lucites were made? And who made the dome style? There is also a column type with a slanted facet, although I've rarely seen it for sale.

I am also curious if the honeycomb displays above are unique, I don't think I have come across one for sale as long as I can recall.

I visited Esperance in 2012, and photographed the bulk of the remains which are still on display in a small museum there.

GACspaceguy
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posted 03-11-2019 06:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have a few flown items in the Kollection. The typical Lucite Pyramids (Gold and Silver) and the domes. Also included is a small fold out with a piece of the tank as well as a large poster with a tank section.

A somewhat unique item is an art piece by Correia in which we have two of, number 328 and 357 of 1000. It depicts a metal segment of recovered Skylab encapsulated in a glass globe floating over a blue curve which represents the Earth.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 03-11-2019 06:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Esperance has some very impressive pieces. Thank you Ben for sharing your photos.

denali414
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posted 03-11-2019 08:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rick, that is an awesome story! Thank you for sharing. Here are some flown Skylab medallions and melted metal.

Robbins medallion from Skylab 1:

Robbins medallion from Skylab 2 (from recent Heritage auction):

Skylab, Kara international, 99% silver with a piece of Skylab metal in middle:

NASA Manned Flight Awareness medallion made with a piece of a 16mm film canister:

denali414
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posted 03-11-2019 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Ben:
Does anyone know how many pyramids or other lucites were made?
I have not seen any lucite that is numbered or mentions how many were made. The pyramid lucites made by "Out of This World." Could not find who made the domes — mine on the bottom says "a magnificent possession with compliments station WLLL."

Ben
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posted 03-11-2019 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting as well that there are 1000 of those spheres but I don't recall ever seeing one for sale. I am surprised.

GACspaceguy
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posted 03-11-2019 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think you have to know what it is if there is not a good description. They have sold at auctions such as Heritage. There actually was one for sale on cS in 2014.

denali414
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posted 03-11-2019 04:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Skylab 3 Robbins medallion:

Skylab 4 heat shield lucite:

A three piece lucite, certified by PK Arlidge, the coordinator of Esperance State Emergency Services:

denali414
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posted 03-12-2019 07:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A black domed piece:

And a clear piece:

denali414
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posted 03-15-2019 07:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Skylab III ablative plug lucite:

Skylab II flown part of Jack Lousma's metal shoe cleats:

denali414
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posted 03-19-2019 08:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Genuine Skylab fragment card:

denali414
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posted 03-22-2019 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Skylab sunshield remnant. Authentic mylar material used on Skylab:

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posted 11-19-2019 08:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cagedfalcon   Click Here to Email Cagedfalcon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Recently aquired Skylab 2 lucite containing what I believe to be a heat shield plug with a #9 engraved on bottom.

denali414
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posted 01-07-2020 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice find — those Skylab plugs real hard to find. Congrats!

Ken Havekotte
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posted 01-08-2020 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Below is an assembly of flown Skylab memorabilia as I have always been an avid Skylab enthusiast and collector since my high school years, but for this montage display, I've only included smaller artifacts.

The red-silver fabric, while not flown, is "off the bolt" from the original or same-type parasol canopy material that had been used on the Skylab OWS while in orbit.

Of course, not all of the depicted flown items are from the actual OWS itself, but I've tried to include several OWS objects in addition to a few other flown Skylab astronaut crew and NASA mementos and souvenirs.

Jeff
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posted 01-08-2020 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice collection Ken, can I ask you what the number is on the ablative plug?

Ken Havekotte
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posted 01-08-2020 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's either 5 or 56 etched-in at the bottom of the SL-4 ablative plug artifact inside the acrylic. I just had either 2-3 emails about it and I think one was from yourself, if so Jeff, I'll email over some image scans of it close up for you as time permits.

denali414
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posted 05-13-2020 07:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GACspaceguy:
A somewhat unique item is an art piece by Correia...
Finally acquired one of these this passed week! Surprisingly not many come to market a real nice piece.

Timmchapman
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posted 05-13-2020 08:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Timmchapman   Click Here to Email Timmchapman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a ultraviolet spectroheliograph camera's film magazine and case, along with the ocean recovery transport case for when it returned to earth

The film magazine was used aboard Skylab for experiment S-082 B.

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