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Docking Target, Lunar Module, Apollo 11

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This object is on display in the Apollo to the Moon exhibition at the National Mall building.


Manufacturer: Symbolic Displays Inc.

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Overall: 5/8 in. tall x 8 1/4 in. wide x 7 3/4 in. deep

Materials: Overall: metal and plastic

Following rendezvous with the Lunar Module after its ascent from the lunar surface, the LM Active Docking Target, made by Symbolic Displays Inc., is mounted in the Command Module Rendezvous window inside the spacecraft to serve as an aid to the LM pilot in making his final approach for docking. The target has a standoff cross and is illuminated using power from the Command Module electrical system. When not in use the Docking Target is stowed in one of the Command Module lockers.

This docking target was used during the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing mission inside the Command Module "Columbia." NASA transferred it to the Smithsonian in 1970.

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

Inventory number: A19980056000

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