Calculator, Hand-held, HP 41
This is an HP-41C pocket calculator, manufactured by Hewlett-Packard, that has flown on nine Space Shuttle missions in the 1980s. NASA purchased it from a local store in Houston, and installed special software on it for each mission. Mission critical computing was still done by the Shuttle on-board computers, but pocket calculators found many other uses in space. This calculator could have performed critical re-entry calculations if the main computers failed.
This HP-41C was used by Astronaut Sally Ride and several other astronauts on a total of nine Shuttle missions.
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- Hewlett Packard Corporation
- INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
- Case: plastic, with plastic buttons. Silicon Integrated Circuits inside.
- 3-D: 15.2 x 7.6 x 5.1cm (6 x 3 x 2 in.)