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Bram
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From: Tremelo, Belgium
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posted 11-23-2005 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bram   Click Here to Email Bram     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yesterday, I was looking at some old pictures in my collection of spaceflight-stuff and came accross a picture of a never used Apollo capsule. The picture was taken by myself in 1986 at a big exposition called SPACE 86 in Utrecht, Holland.

The capsule was displayed upside down and was completely empty on the inside. There were no glass windows, only holes were the windows should be. It looked to me like a real capsule that was not finished. The sign above the capsule reads "Original Apollo-capsule that was in production when the program was canceled".

Does anybody had a idea which capsule this could be? On the AFGAS website, I can not find a capsule resembling this one.

Bram - Belgium

nasamad
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posted 11-23-2005 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds more like a boilerplate rather than an unfinished CM.

An unfinished one would not look too much like a finished one until they had added the external heatshields, and it would already have had much of the interior already fitted by then.

A boilerplate would look alot more like a finished CM but without the interior.

Adam

mark plas
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posted 11-27-2005 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mark plas   Click Here to Email mark plas     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bram,

Can you show a few pics o SPACE 86.
I was there as an 11 year old with my dad and had a great time unfortunatly it was the last time i did something together with my dad two days later he died of an heartattack age 52.

Mark

Dirk
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posted 11-28-2005 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dirk   Click Here to Email Dirk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You better ask Drs. Chriet Titulaer he will have the answer.
I will give his address offline.

Dirk

spaceuk
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posted 11-30-2005 06:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was the exterior a whitish colour?
Was the CM shell of "thickish" metal ?

Which case - like Adam said - boilerplate.

If it was at an exhibition, it could be one of the NASA/NASM 'for loan' models .

At some exhibitions there was the full size Apollo CM used for the Apollo-13 film (brownish exterior). This was at Farnborough Air Show UK some years ago.

Have you an image you could post here?

Phill

Bram
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posted 11-30-2005 02:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bram   Click Here to Email Bram     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The CM had a brownish exterior (same colour I have seen on real used CM's). I have the pic but no scanner :-( I'm looking for a way to post the pic somewhere.

Bram

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