March 5: The Museum in Washington, DC will open today. Due to weather, the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA is closed.
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