Apollo 17 Flown CM Kapton Foil Artifact #2
A genuine segment of Apollo 17 flown kapton foil from the Apollo 17 Command Module "America" and comes attached to a mission photograph of Geologist Jack Schmitt gathering lunar samples nearby a large boulder with the Lunar Rover close by.
This artifact presentation contains a genuine piece of Apollo 17 flown Command Module "America" kapton foil. In order to protect the Command Module from the solar radiation experienced in deep space, the spacecraft was coated in a pressure-sensitive polyimide tape insulation, most commonly referred to as kapton foil. The kapton foil was part of the thermal protection subsystem which coated the exterior of the spacecraft. During reentry into Earth's atmosphere much of this foil was burned away with the remains being stripped during post-flight operations and restoration.
- Segment of genuine Apollo 17 Command Module kapton foil
- Attached to an 8" x 8" Apollo 17 mission photograph of Jack Schmitt gathering lunar samples on the lunar surface
- 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
The space flown material came from the collection of former-Navy, UDT-11 Recovery Team member Alan Buehler. Buehler, one of the "frogmen" who would jump out of the helicopter to assist in the recovery of the crew, recovered this material from the water where it was floating nearby the spacecraft. Buehler was present at the Apollo 15 and Apollo 17 splashdown recoveries.
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