Command Module “Columbia” was the only section of the spacecraft from the Apollo 11 mission that returned to earth.
On 24th July, 1969 Columbia landed in the North Pacific ocean with all crew members safely aboard. The module having gone through re-entry was put through decontamination and during this process this Boost Cover Release label was salvaged along with other labels and outer foil.
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The label is shown above on the module as it was recovered to the recovery ship USS Hornet.
The 123 x 106mm label has been in possession of the same person who salvaged it since 1969 and holds the burn marks received on re-entry to the earth’s atmosphere.
Given its provenance a truly excellent piece of Space exploration history.
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