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Pencil, Mechanical, Garland 35-P, Collins, Apollo 11

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Pencil, Mechanical, Garland 35-P, Collins, Apollo 11

Pencil, Mechanical, Garland 35-P, Collins, Apollo 11

For taking notes and making alterations to flight plans during the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969, astronauts were issued sturdy metal mechanical pencils for their flights. NASA purchased a number of these from Lew Manufacturing of Rhode Island for the Apollo and Skylab programs. It is made of polished chrome with a twist-motion to advance the lead, and a piece of velcro was added to allow attachment to the inside of the spacecraft or other objects.

NASA transferred this pencil to the Museum in 1984.

Transferred from NASA - Johnson Space Center


Manufacturer: Garland
Astronaut: Michael Collins

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions:
Overall: 1/4 in. wide x 5 in. long (0.6 x 12.7cm)

Materials:
Overall - chrome metal with Velcro patch


Inventory number: A19850141000


This artifact is on display in the gallery of the National Mall building.


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