Biosensor, Auxillary, Apollo 11

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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:

The auxillary biosensors were part of the Apollo bioharness assembly worn under either the intra-vehicular (IV) or extra-vehicular (EV) pressure suit. This sensor unit was flown on Apollo 11 in July 1969, though not worn during the mission. The complete assembly consisted of a cotton duck belt fitted with snap fastners and teflon-coated beta cloth pockets, which attached the assembly to either the constant wear garment or the liquid cooling garment. The bioharness components consisted of an electrocardiograph signal conditioner, an impedance pneumograph signal conditioner, and a DC-DC converter, along with sensors placed on the body of the astronaut prior to flight. These instruments monitored the physiological functions of the astronaut.

Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from NASA in 1970.

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

Overall: Metal, plastic, rubber insulation

Dimensions

  • 3-D: 61 x 2.5cm (24 x 1 in.)
  • 3-D (Coiled/Display): 23.6 × 6 × 1.3cm (9 5/16 × 2 3/8 × 1/2 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

EQUIPMENT-Medical

Inventory Number

A19980033000