Survival Light, Combination, Rucksack #1, Apollo 11

Survival Light, Combination, Rucksack #1, Apollo 11

     

Each Apollo mission was equipped with two rucksacks providing equipment to allow for crew survival for up to 48 hours while awaiting rescue in the water after landing. The first of the two rucksacks flown on the historic first lunar-landing mission, Apollo 11, in 1969, and it contained three water containers, one radio beacon with spare battery, three pairs of sunglasses, six packages of desalter chemicals, one desalter kit, two survival lights, one machete, and two bottles of sunscreen.

This combination flashlight was an important part of each rucksack. It has a flashlight, compass, mirror, four fishing hooks, needles and a knife blade. It is made of grey-painted steel with brass fittings, and was made for NASA by ACR Electronics.

The entire rucksack was transferred from NASA to the Smithsonian along with Command Module "Columbia" in 1970.

Transferred from NASA/JSC; must be offered back to NASA upon deaccession

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
B. Welson & Co.

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

Type
EQUIPMENT-Survival

Materials
Aluminum
Paint
Glass
Copper Alloy
Steel
Dimensions
3-D: 16.5 x 7.6 x 3.2cm (6 1/2 x 3 x 1 1/4 in.)

Each Apollo mission was equipped with two rucksacks providing equipment to allow for crew survival for up to 48 hours while awaiting rescue in the water after landing. The first of the two rucksacks flown on the historic first lunar-landing mission, Apollo 11, in 1969, and it contained three water containers, one radio beacon with spare battery, three pairs of sunglasses, six packages of desalter chemicals, one desalter kit, two survival lights, one machete, and two bottles of sunscreen.

This combination flashlight was an important part of each rucksack. It has a flashlight, compass, mirror, four fishing hooks, needles and a knife blade. It is made of grey-painted steel with brass fittings, and was made for NASA by ACR Electronics.

The entire rucksack was transferred from NASA to the Smithsonian along with Command Module "Columbia" in 1970.

Transferred from NASA/JSC; must be offered back to NASA upon deaccession

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
B. Welson & Co.

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

Type
EQUIPMENT-Survival

Materials
Aluminum
Paint
Glass
Copper Alloy
Steel
Dimensions
3-D: 16.5 x 7.6 x 3.2cm (6 1/2 x 3 x 1 1/4 in.)

ID: A19980011001