DescriptionApollo-Soyuz Test Project and Skylab III (SL-4) Flown Personal Radiation Dosimeter with Accompanying Data Acceptance Package. A 2.25" x 3" x 0.75" Personal Radiation Dosimeter with "Slayton" written in ink on the front and a NASA/ General Dynamics metal ID plate on the side with the following information: Part "SEB 16100703-202", Manufacturing Date "4-1-69" and Serial Number "1037HRE". Included with it is its complete NASA Data Acceptance Package, a two ring bound 8.5" x 11" loose-leaf book of 1.25" thick. It details the history of this device from the day it was assembled at General Dynamics in Fort Worth, Texas, through every single time it was handled, tested, moved, or used. Within the log pages, it shows that it was released from bonded storage at the Manned Spacecraft Center on July 1, 1969, and shipped to Kennedy Space Center the next day where it was slated to be used on Apollo 11 before its removal and shipment back to MSC. Later entries in the log shows that it was flown, first on S/C118 (Skylab SL-4) from November 1973 to February 1974, and then on S/C111 (Apollo-Soyuz Test Project) where it was personally used by Deke Slayton on this historic mission. Also included in the package are three 22" x 16" original NASA blueprints for the Personal Radiation Device SEB16100703. A rare offering of a rare and important device associated with Apollo 11 and then flown in space on two later missions for a total of ninety-three days, including personal use by one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts. Device shows wear and use, very good overall; book very good.
Solar and cosmic radiation was long recognized as a potential danger to astronauts. The Apollo program placed men outside the Earth's geomagnetic shield for the first time, exposing them to types and levels of radiation not found on Earth, including the Van Allen Belts and cosmic rays. To allow an accurate reading of radiation exposure, each Apollo astronaut carried one of these PRD devices which was carried in a pocket in the spacesuit or flight coveralls. It provided a visual readout of the accumulated radiation dosage as the mission progressed.
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