Apollo 13 Flown Command Module Kapton Foil Artifact

Apollo 13 Flown Command Module Kapton Foil Artifact

This genuine segment of flown kapton foil from the Apollo 13 Command Module "Odyssey" comes attached to a mission photograph of the Command Module orbiting the Moon.

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Archive Id AP13-01-21


This artifact presentation contains a genuine piece of Apollo 13 flown Command Module "Odyssey" kapton foil. The pressure-sensitive polyimide tape insulation better known as kapton foil was part of the spacecraft thermal protection subsystem. The function of the kapton foil was to protect the spacecraft electronic systems and crew from the solar radiation experienced in deep space. During reentry into Earth's atmosphere, much of this foil was burned away with the remains being stripped during post-flight operations and restoration.

Product Information:

  • Segment of genuine Apollo 13 Command Module kapton foil
  • Attached to an 8"x10" Apollo 13 mission photograph of the Command Module orbiting the Moon
  • Includes certificate of authenticity with holographic logo and company stamp
  • Comes sealed in a clear protective 8"x10" toploader

Authentication Information:

The space flown material came from the collection of well-known NASA employee Dick Williamson. Williamson was present on board the Iwo Jima, the vessel which recovered the Apollo 13 Command Module after the near-fatal flight. It was after recovery where Williamson personally removed the kapton foil from the Odyssey Command Module.

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