Apollo 8 CM Flown Kapton Foil & Moon Rock Lucite
A genuine segment of Apollo 8 flown Command Module kapton foil encased in lucite alongside a genuine NWA 11303 lunar meteorite.
Apollo 8 Space Flown Kapton Foil: The kapton foil contained within this lucite is was recovered from the Apollo 8 Command Module after its return to Earth. Kapton Foil, silver-coloured on the front with a gold backing, was attached to the outside skin of the CM 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 CM, the silver-coloured side was directly exposed to deep space.
NWA 11303 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. 10mm
- Genuine moon rock weighs approx. 50-100mg
- Comes in a white gift box bearing the Apollo Program insignia
The space flown kapton foil material came from the collection of Rudolf Spoor. Spoor was a Dutch television director and was responsible for reporting on the first lunar landing. In late 1969/early 1970, Spoor visited the NASA industrial plant at Downey, California, to make a documentary about the splashdown of the Apollo capsule. It was during this visit that Spoor was gifted several fragments of kapton foil by NASA representatives, citing the material to be from the Apollo 8 Command Module access hatch section.
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