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Celebrate the history of the United States manned space program with this collection of four Christmas ornaments.
Celebrate the history of the United States manned space program with this collection of four Christmas ornaments.
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US Manned Space Ornaments

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Since its beginnings in the late 50s, the US manned space program has inspired countless people around the world to look to the stars and dream. When I was a child I would clip articles from the newspaper about every Shuttle launch, and my brother and I would play as astronauts by wearing puffy snowsuits and motorcycle helmets.

My spacesuit and MMU rocket pack, circa 1983, alongside the Space Shuttle ornament in maple.
My spacesuit and MMU rocket pack, circa 1983, alongside the Space Shuttle ornament in maple.

I wanted a set of Christmas ornaments that honored these explorers and pioneers who inspired me.

Not able to find what I was looking for, I created my own, and I thought you might want a set, too.

Mercury and the Shuttle, in brass.
Mercury and the Shuttle, in brass.

 

The Apollo CSM ornament, in maple.
The Apollo CSM ornament, in maple.

 

The Mercury capsule, in Walnut
The Mercury capsule, in Walnut

 

The Shuttle and Apollo, in mirrored gold and mirrored silver, respectively. They only look clear because they're reflecting the tree!
The Shuttle and Apollo, in mirrored gold and mirrored silver, respectively. They only look clear because they're reflecting the tree!

By backing this project, you'll receive a set of four ornaments representing the ships of the US manned space program: one Mercury capsule, one Gemini capsule (featuring a spacewalking astronaut), one Apollo command/service module, and one Space Shuttle.

The four designs, in maple.
The four designs, in maple.

 

Ornaments are available in wood (walnut or maple), acrylic (mirrored silver or mirrored gold), and brass. Each is engraved on one side.

Each ornament is around 3" in its longest dimension, other than the Mercury capsule that I felt had to be just a little smaller, because, well, it was.

I've spent the last few months creating the designs and refining them, trying to strike a balance between accuracy and a clean look. I've added and removed elements, resized, and tweaked balance points for the hanging hooks more times than I can count. I'm happy with the way they look now, but I'm still open to suggestions.

Refining the designs, adding detail, making adjustments.
Refining the designs, adding detail, making adjustments.

Shipping is included in the price for all US orders. My goal is to have them to you by Christmas, but doing so depends on timely responses to the survey that will go out immediately after the close of the funding period. 

If the project is successful, I plan on continuing to develop space-themed ornaments and offering them through a dedicated online store. Your support will help me achieve these longer-term goals.

Risks and challenges

The project is relatively low risk. There are no new technologies to be developed and the designs are complete. The greatest risk would come from a shortage of material availability from suppliers. This could impact the delivery timeline, but can ultimately be resolved.

If the Kickstarter is wildly successful, it may not be possible to get ornaments to everyone in time, though I would explore the option of bringing in help or outsourcing production if necessary to speed things up.

On-time delivery also depends on your timely response to the survey, so that I can begin production in the appropriate quantities for each type.

I'm a project manager by trade, so I know how to keep a project on schedule and ensure that all of the required pieces happen in the right order.

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    First in Orbit - Wooden Ornaments

    A set of four wooden ornaments—in either walnut or maple—featuring the ships of the US manned space program. Discounted for early backers.

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    First in Orbit - Mirror Ornaments

    A set of four mirrored acrylic ornaments—in either gold or silver—featuring the ships of the US manned space program. Discounted for early backers.

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    Mirror Ornaments

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    Brass Ornaments

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