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