Apollo 17 Flown CM Kapton Foil Artifact #1
A genuine segment of Apollo 17 flown kapton foil from the Apollo 17 Command Module "America" and comes attached to a mission photograph of Gene Cernan standing besides the American flag and Lunar Rover.
This artifact presentation contains a genuine piece of Apollo 17 flown Command Module "America" kapton foil. The Command Module electronics and crew compartments were protected by kapton foil, a pressure-sensitive polyimide tape insulation. The kapton foil was part of the thermal protection subsystem which 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.
- Segment of genuine Apollo 17 Command Module kapton foil
- Attached to an 8" x 8" Apollo 17 mission photograph of Gene Cernan standing beside the Lunar Rover and 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
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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