Apollo 9 Flown CM Kapton Foil Artifact

A genuine segment of Apollo 9 flown kapton foil from the Apollo 9 Command Module and comes attached to a mission photograph of the Command and Lunar Module in Earth orbit.

Archive Id AP9-2-19


This artifact presentation contains a genuine piece of Apollo 9 flown Command Module kapton foil. In order to protect the Command Module from the dangerous radiation of deep space, the spacecraft was coated with kapton foil, a type of pressure-sensitive polyimide tape insulation. The kapton foil was part of the thermal protection subsystem which covered 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.

Product Information:

  • Segment of genuine Apollo 9 Command Module kapton foil
  • Attached to an 8" x 8" Apollo 9 mission photograph of the Command and Lunar Module in Earth orbit
  • 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 NASA Production Control Engineer W.R. Whipkey. The foil was gifted to Whipkey in 1969 after being removed from the Command Module post-flight and it remained in his collection until sold to us.

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