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1966 NASA Ashtray Atlas Missile Made From Parts James TurnerGo Back
Presented is an interesting feat of engineering as it’s ashtray dating to 1966 (everybody smoked back then) made from parts of NASA’s Atlas Missile. It’s made from metal and the two-level art measures 7.5″ tall and 5.5″ wide on circular base.
The SM-65 Atlas was the first operational intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed by the United States and the first member of the Atlas rocket family. It was built for the U.S. Air Force by the Convair Division of General Dynamics at an assembly plant located in Kearny Mesa, San Diego. Atlas became operational in October 1959, but was soon made obsolete as an ICBM by new development, and was retired from this role by 1965.
The part numbers were etched into the different metal components as well as what it was from. Hence, the origin, “ATLAS MISSILE”. The bottom details the provenance as this was a gift to a NASA engineer’s son. It reads, “1966 JAMES TURNER – MADE FOR MY SON DAVID TURNER WITH LOVE.”
James Turner is a retired NASA senior executive with 37 years of engineering experience in a wide spectrum of technology development including materials, propulsion components and systems, and launch vehicle systems including systems engineering and integration. I am passionate about space exploration, aviation and the environment.