Photo: Alan Boyle / MSNBC
Houston, we have an art exhibit. Seattle-area resident Dale Cox III has got what is probably the most out-of-this-world artwork you'll see today: they're made from components of NASA's Apollo lunar modules.
Alan Boyle of MSNBC writes:
Dale's father, Dale W. Cox Jr., picked up all this metal back in 1970, when NASA decided to cut the Apollo moon program short. The Apollo 18, 19 and 20 missions were canceled, and the tanks were no longer needed. The elder Cox, a former astronaut candidate who was familiar with the rainbow look of titanium, spotted the pieces in a California scrap yard.
"Basically, my dad bought everything he could get his hands on," Dale Cox III told me.
His mother, an artist, added metal embellishments to the titanium — and collaborated with another artist, Jae Carmichael, to present an exhibit of the pieces titled "Titanium One" in 1971. Titanium's color depends on the metal's alloy content, surface cleanliness and the temperature at which it's fired. Low-temperature firing produces a golden sheen, while higher temperatures result in shades of green, red, red-violet and blue.