Extension Handle, Apollo


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Apollo to the Moon exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

Extension handles were designed to be compatible with a variety of lunar tools, such as the hammer, scoop, and rake. Two types of extension handles were employed during the Apollo era; a shorter version (23.75 in) was flown on Apollo 11 and 12, and a longer one (35.5 in) was used on subsequent missions.

This particular short extension handle was used for training and was transferred to the Smithsonian from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center in 1974.

Collection Item Long Description:


Extension Handle, Apollo

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.


Overall: Aluminum


3-D: 61 × 15.5 × 4cm (24 × 6 1/8 × 1 9/16 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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