05-10-2015, 01:05 AM
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A few photos of a man shaving while away from home in December 1972... what makes it interesting is the fact that the man is Jack Schmitt, shaving his moustache during the trans-earth coasting during the return of Apollo 17 from the moon - both the locale and the gear are literately thousands of miles from my own den with a view that is out of this world, but at least I'm shaving in one G  Tongue

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 05-10-2015, 08:41 AM
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Far out man!

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 05-10-2015, 08:59 AM
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I wonder what razor is that, some special NASA approved space razor?  Biggrin

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 05-10-2015, 09:05 AM
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Looks like a Wilkinson Injector

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 05-10-2015, 09:23 AM
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From what I can gather online; on Gemini through Apollo, the crews were issued with Gillette Techmatic safety razors but they apparently went unused until the flight of Apollo 10. On Apollo 14 and 16 mechanical wind up shavers were used "with reasonable success" if "used frequently" - but it's also known that Wilkinson safety razors were used on Apollo 16. I've found no mention on what razors were carried on Apollo 17, but a Wilkinson Injector sounds reasonable. The various astronauts could probably choose to some extent based on personal preference.

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 05-10-2015, 10:13 AM
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Thanks for sharing.  Wink

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 05-10-2015, 12:01 PM
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Great photos! Thanks for sharing some very interesting information.

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 05-10-2015, 12:15 PM
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Cool!

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 05-10-2015, 01:14 PM
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You would not think this was 40 years ago, looking at these photos. Amazing

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 05-10-2015, 02:28 PM
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Is that a Wilkinson Bonded?

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 05-10-2015, 03:32 PM
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(05-10-2015, 08:41 AM)Olschoolsteel Wrote: Far out man!

Biggrin

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 05-10-2015, 07:29 PM
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As a follow-up, I've found a short video of Command Module pilot Michael Collins shaving aboard Apollo 11:




And this is the gear he used for the shave:

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While I can understand why NASA selected a brushless cream and a razor without loose blades, the Techmatic has a reputation these days for being a horrible, nick prone razor... ouch.

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 05-10-2015, 07:31 PM
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Interesting stuff here, thanks for sharing!

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 05-13-2015, 03:21 PM
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Coo post! Thank you for sharing.

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 05-13-2015, 04:20 PM
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Wonderful find, Hans.

From my Tab through the Tap

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