Assembly, Bio-Harness, Conrad, Apollo 12

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Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This Apollo bio-harness was worn by astronaut Charles "Pete" Conrad during his Apollo 12 mission in November 1969. This portion of the bio-harness served to connect each of the data collection devices to the spacecraft in order to transmit the health information of the astronaut back to Earth through the spacecraft communications system.

The complete bio-harness assembly was worn under either the intra-vehicular (IV) coverall garment or extra-vehicular (EV) pressure suit. It consisted of a cotton belt with teflon-coated beta cloth pockets into which an electrocardiograph signal conditioner, an impedance pneumograph signal conditioner, and a DC-DC converter were inserted. The belt was fitted with snap fasteners which attached the assembly to either the constant wear garment or the liquid cooling garment.

NASA transferred this bio-harness assembly to the Museum in the 1970s.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA

Materials

  • Pouch: Beta Cloth, Polyester, Resin, Ink
  • Electrical leads: Anodized Aluminium, Steel, Gold Plating, Plastic
  • Interior: Coated Electrical Wires
  • Connection: Paper, Adhesive, Ink

Dimensions

Overall: 27.3 x 20.3 x 1.1cm (10 3/4 x 8 x 7/16 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Medical

Inventory Number

A19850237000