Cartridge, Lithium Hydroxide Canister, Lunar Module

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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 lithium hydroxide canister was designed as a replaceable filter for the lunar module environmental control system (ECS). The ECS provided cooling, water and breathable oxygen for the astronauts’ suits and cabin. To maintain a safe pure-oxygen environment, the canisters contained lithium hydroxide (LiOH) and charcoal and a debris trap. The LiOH within the canister absorbed carbon dioxide, the charcoal eliminated odors.

This unit was found in the collection and was presumably provided by the manufacturer or NASA along with additional Lunar Module artifacts.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number

A20020434000

Credit Line

Found in collection. Donor unknown at this time.

Manufacturer

Country of Origin

United States of America

Title

Cartridge, Lithium Hydroxide Canister, Lunar Module

Materials

Aluminum, Plastic, Synthetic Fabric, Nickel Plating, Adhesive, Steel, Unknown Materials

Dimensions

Overall: 28.6 × 18.7cm, 1.2kg (11 1/4 × 7 3/8 in., 2.6lb.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Type

EQUIPMENT-Breathing Devices