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Object ID 2012.001.0169
Object Name Ring, Key
Date 12/04/1971
Description Metal keychain sealed onto paper card with plastic shrinkwrap. Keychain is positioned in the center of the card with an image of a rocket lifting off into space behind it. All text is red and reads "The PERFECT SOUVENIR! / MADE FROM AN ACTUAL MISSILE". The keychain is made from the outer shell of a fired Atlas Agena Missile. Stapled to reverse is a piece of paper that describes the Atlas Agena Rocket.
Provenance According to information card attached to keychain the "...missile piece was taken from the (skin) or outer shell of an Atlas Agena Rocket. This rocket blasted off pad 13 at Cape Kennedy at approximately 5:30 p.m. on 4 December 1971. It carried an experimental payload referred to as a "spy-in-the-sky satellite." It was a television carrying spy satellite which could keep track of particularly enemy movement in daylight or dark. The rocket veered off course early in flight and was destroyed by the range safety officer."
Material Metal/Paper/Plastic
Condition Fair
Dimensions H-4.5 W-6 inches
Height (in) 4.5
Width (in) 6
Imagefile 048\20120010169.JPG
Condition Notes Paper is yellowed. Information card on reverse has evidence of insect damage along the edges.
Search Terms Cape Kennedy
Space Program