FLOWN HEAT SHIELD SEGMENT FROM THE FIRST FLIGHT TEST OF A COMMAND MODULE.
A segment of heat shield approximately 1 inch square. Encased in a Lucite block in the shape of a half Command Module (CM) with two dimples to replicate the placement of the CM's two rendezvous windows. The North American Aviation's Space and Information Systems Division spiral logo is found above the segment. The reverse side has a label which reads: "Apollo Ablator, 18000 MPH Re-entry, 26 FEB 1966."
This heat shield segment was part of test samples removed after the return of the Apollo Saturn 201 test flight of February 26, 1966. This was an unmanned test of the Command/Service Modules using the Saturn IB rocket. The space-exposed end of the shield has been charred black due to the intense heat of re-entry through the earth's atmosphere.