Apollo 8 Flown Command Module Kapton Foil Artifact

Apollo 8 Flown Command Module Kapton Foil Artifact

A genuine piece of kapton foil from the Apollo 8 Command Module's thermal protection system that was flown to the moon in December 1968. The piece comes attached to the famous Earthrise mission photograph and includes a certificate of authenticity.

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Archive Id AP8-CMKF-24


This artifact presentation contains a genuine piece of Apollo 8 flown Command Module 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:

  • A segment of genuine Apollo 8 Command Module thermal foil
  • Attached to an 8"x10" Apollo 8 mission photograph of the famous Earthrise
  • Includes certificate of authenticity with holographic logo and company stamp
  • Comes sealed in a clear protective 8"x10" toploader

Authentication Information:

The flown kapton foil came from the collection of Dutch television director Rudolph Spoor. In late 1969/early 1970, Rudolph Spoor visited the NASA Industrial Plant in Downey, CA, to make a documentary about the splashdown of the Apollo capsule. During this visit, NASA representatives at the factory gifted Spoor genuine kapton foil, identifying it as having been flown aboard the Apollo 8 Command Module. Spoor's first major directing job was the television report of the first moon landing as a result of this visit.

Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity:

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