Tongs, Short

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

Manufacturer
NASA, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Apollo to the Moon

Type
EQUIPMENT-Lunar

Materials
Tines: Aluminum alloy (6061-T6)
Handle: Aluminum
Overall: Aluminum
Dimensions
Overall: 3 15/16 in. wide x 2 ft. 2 3/8 in. long (10 x 67cm)

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

Manufacturer
NASA, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Apollo to the Moon

Type
EQUIPMENT-Lunar

Materials
Tines: Aluminum alloy (6061-T6)
Handle: Aluminum
Overall: Aluminum
Dimensions
Overall: 3 15/16 in. wide x 2 ft. 2 3/8 in. long (10 x 67cm)

ID: A19850611000