Saturday, 28 June 2008

Mixed bits and pieces.














A piece of Skylab debris recovered from Esperance Shire, Western Australia. With help from NASA, Australian authorities were able to eastablish that this piece was cut from a lightweight structural beam the rest of which....

... was was gifted to the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C.

Following the Mercury and Gemini programs NASA wanted to promote a greater awareness among employees and contractors of their personal role in flight safety, the crews and their missions. To that end NASA adopted the Schulz cartoon characters "Snoopy" and "Charlie Brown" as mascots. They featured on a variety of in house posters and in 1968 spawned the Silver Snoopy award for workers who had excelled.

 On the flight of Apollo 10, the crews adopted the call signs "Charlie Brown" and "Snoopy" for the Command and Lunar Modules respectively. In April 2015, retired General Tom Stafford kindly signed this United Features Syndicate Snoopy doll adding.... "That's my favourite kind of dog!"














A cross section of Shuttle External Tank foam insulation and a sample of Apollo Command Module heatshield material from The Avco Corp.



















A limted edition exact replica of the commemorative plaque left on the lunar surface by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, July 1969.


The Lunar Communications Relay Unit or LCRU included  a tv camera and was carried on the Lunar Rovers for Apollo's 15, 16 and 17. This system afforded high quality colour tv images for the duration of each EVA and even captured the launch of each the ascent stages.

This unflown mylar blanked was sent to me by RCA Corp in 1974 and includes the velcro tab used to secure the lens sunshade.

Gene Cernan. The last man to drive on the moon and the last to use the Lunar Communications Relay Unit (LCRU) while on the lunar surface: Apollo 17, December, 1972

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