Apollo 12 Flown Kapton Foil & Moon Rock Lucite
A genuine segment of Apollo 12 flown Command Module "Yankee Clipper" kapton foil encased in lucite alongside a genuine NWA 10203 lunar meteorite.
Apollo 12 Space Flown Kapton Foil: The flown material contained within this lucite is Kapton Foil taken from the Command Module ''Yankee Clipper'' after its return to Earth. Kapton Foil, silver-coloured on the front with a gold backing, was attached to the outside skin of the Yankee Clipper in order to protect the fragile craft from the extreme environment of deep space. Because the foil was attached to the outside skin of the Yankee Clipper, the silver-coloured side was directly exposed to deep space.
NWA 10203 Moon Rock: The moon is constantly hit by meteorites and with no atmosphere and little gravity the larger impacts eject lunar rocks into space. After this impact, this meteorite will eventually be brought down to Earth by the Earth's gravitational pull. Scientists and universities all around the world examine meteorites and compare them with known lunar material, e.g. samples collected during the Apollo missions. The composition of gases and isotopes found is so unique that they can say for sure the material originated from the moon. The encased meteorite was acquired from Meteorite Hunter and Discovery Channel's ''Meteorite Men'' T.V. Star, Steve Arnold.
- Overall Acrylic is 12cm x 7cm x 3cm
- Space flown kapton foil measures approx. 7mm
- Genuine moon rock weighs approx. 50-100mg
- Comes in a white gift box bearing the Apollo Program insignia
The space flown material came from the collection of MSC Lunar Receiving Lab photographic technician Terry Slezak. Slezak was famously known for being quarantined along with the Apollo 11 crew after coming into contact with moon dust while removing the plastic seal from Magazine "S", one of the 70mm magazines taken during Apollo 11 EVA. The exterior of the cassette displayed traces of a black powdery substance, this being traced back to a moment during the mission where Neil Armstrong reported that he had retrieved a 70mm cassette which had dropped to the Lunar surface.
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