Rare collection of eight thermal protection system components in various geometric shapes, with five consisting of honeycomb patterns redolent of unablated heat shield technology: a triangular 3 x 2 x 4 piece with cork and metal layers; a circular cork piece 4″ in diameter; a charcoal-colored 3 x 3 block of cork; a beige 7.5 x 1 strip of light material; and a substantial 5.25 x 4 x 4.25 block of light metal. Also includes a circular metallic piece, 4″ in diameter, screw-fastened to a wooden mount, and two compressed spring-like light metal strips, 3.75 x 1 and 1.75 x 1, with the smaller annotated on an end, "16-10." In overall very good to fine condition, with some dents and wear. From the personal collection of Charlie Dry, a former Apollo test astronaut and research engineer and senior scientific analyst at NASA.
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