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divemaster
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posted 05-27-2004 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Photos from the newly unveiled CM101 in Dallas can be found at http://www.waltercunningham.com/cm101returns.htm

Cheerz!
Tracy

1202 Alarm
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posted 05-28-2004 04:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 1202 Alarm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can I ask a question ?

Usually, th CM's on display around the US have the same appearence, the last bits of external gold foil removed, they are mostly brown showing the result of their honeycomb material reentry burns.

However, this one shows a very different pattern. So, did they put a new external fitting ? But if so it doesn't even look as the usual 'pre-flight' silver mylar configuration. Any clue or idea about the appearence they wanted to give ? What it is supposed to be ?

divemaster
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posted 05-28-2004 07:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I asked Walt the very same question. His reply: "Because I was special"

He didn't know.

-tracy

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posted 05-28-2004 08:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steven Kaplan   Click Here to Email Steven Kaplan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps the difference has something to do with Apollo 7 re-entering the atmosphere after being in earth orbit, as opposed to a re-entry from deep space, at a higher velocity? I seem to remember the Skylab 3 (SL-4)CM at the National Air & Space Museum having the same exterior appearance.

1202 Alarm
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posted 05-28-2004 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 1202 Alarm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Kaplan:
Perhaps the difference has something to do with Apollo 7 re-entering the atmosphere after being in earth orbit, as opposed to a re-entry from deep space, at a higher velocity?

I doubt it, Apollo 9 is not like that. It seems that it was paint in some kind of white/gray color. It's really strange...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-28-2004 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apollo 7 was outfitted prior to launch with more white radiator panels than subsequent lunar missions - a possible carryover from the CM Block I configuration. The capsule was still covered with kapton that peeled away during reentry and was removed during recovery.

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posted 05-28-2004 02:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 1202 Alarm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Apollo 7 was outfitted prior to launch with more white radiator panels than subsequent lunar missions - a possible carryover from the CM Block I configuration. The capsule was still covered with kapton that peeled away during reentry and was removed during recovery.

Brilliant. Thanks for the info. Make sense... It's indeed a very interesting difference.

divemaster
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posted 05-28-2004 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now that I think about it, Apollo 4 and Apollo 6 are also all white.

Probably saved on some weight when they eliminated them, too.

-tracy

[I'll have to tell Walt that he's not special after all]

divemaster
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posted 05-31-2004 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Five more photos have been added of CM 101

-tracy

Jurg Bolli
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posted 06-01-2004 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apollo 8 in Chicago is also a strange color, whitish.
Jurg

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