Sextant, Eyepiece, Apollo 4

Apollo astronauts navigated from Earth orbit to the Moon and back in part by taking star sightings. The Command Module contained a sextant and a scanning telescope for this purpose. Sightings taken by the astronauts with these devices were translated into data that was processed by the on-board digital computer.

This sextant, made by the Kollsman Instrument Company, may have flown on Apollo 4, an unmanned test flight.

Transferred from NASA to the Museum in 1972.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Kollsman Instrument Company

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Guidance & Control

Materials
Rubber, aluminum, stainless steel, glass, paint, ink
Dimensions
3-D: 21 x 10.2 x 10.8cm (8 1/4 x 4 x 4 1/4 in.)

Apollo astronauts navigated from Earth orbit to the Moon and back in part by taking star sightings. The Command Module contained a sextant and a scanning telescope for this purpose. Sightings taken by the astronauts with these devices were translated into data that was processed by the on-board digital computer.

This sextant, made by the Kollsman Instrument Company, may have flown on Apollo 4, an unmanned test flight.

Transferred from NASA to the Museum in 1972.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Kollsman Instrument Company

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Guidance & Control

Materials
Rubber, aluminum, stainless steel, glass, paint, ink
Dimensions
3-D: 21 x 10.2 x 10.8cm (8 1/4 x 4 x 4 1/4 in.)

ID: A19720307000