Tongs were used to pick up individual rocks smaller than 10 cm. These so-called "short" tongs were used on the early Apollo missions (11-14) and were carried by the astronauts on fasteners attached to the waist of the lunar space suit. Later missions used longer, 32-inch tongs. This artifact was used during simulations and training.
Transferred from NASA to the Museum in 1985.
Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- NASA, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
- Tines: Aluminum alloy (6061-T6)
- Handle: Aluminum
- Overall: Aluminum
- Overall: 3 15/16 in. wide x 2 ft. 2 3/8 in. long (10 x 67cm)
- Tongs, Short