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Guidance and Navigation System, Command Module, Apollo, Test article

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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:

The Apollo Guidance and Navigation System was a combination of optical sensors, gyroscopes, a digital computer, and other devices, which managed the guidance and navigation of the Apollo Command, Service, and Lunar modules during the journey from Earth orbit to the Moon and back. This unit was used for testing and evaluation at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where the systems were built.

Donated by the MIT Instrumentation Lab to the Museum in 1976.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Manufacturer

Kollsman Instrument Company

Designer

MIT Instrumentation Laboratory

Credit Line

Transferred from National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Materials

  • Metal housing, optical glass, wires, electrical components covered in potting compounds inside.
  • IMU covered with a soft foam of unknown composition.

Dimensions

3-D: 101.6 x 91.4 x 116.8cm (40 x 36 x 46 in.)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

INSTRUMENTS-Navigational

Inventory Number

A19761254000