Apollo 16 Flown CM Kapton Foil Artifact

A genuine segment of Apollo 16 flown kapton foil from the Apollo 16 Command Module "Casper" and comes attached to a mission photograph of Commander John Young giving the famous jump salute next to the American flag.

Archive Id AP16-1-19


This artifact presentation contains a genuine piece of Apollo 16 flown Command Module "Casper" kapton foil. The Command Module electronics and crew compartments were protected by pressure-sensitive polyimide tape insulation, most commonly referred to as kapton foil. The kapton foil was part of the spacecrafts thermal protection subsystem and coated the exterior of the spacecraft to provide protection against 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 16 Command Module kapton foil
  • Attached to an 8" x 8" Apollo 16 mission photograph of John Young giving the famous Navy salute next to the American flag
  • Printed on original glossy Fuji Crystal Archive Supreme® paper (226µ, 238 gr/m²)
  • Includes certificate of authenticity with holographic logo and company stamp
  • Comes sealed in a clear protective 8" x 10" toploader

Authentication Information:

The space flown material came from the collection of Aviators Alley & Threehook Aviation, whom in turn acquired it from one of the veteran Rockwell International Space Division employees assigned to the post-landing safety and recovery inspection team in 1972.

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