Handle, Adapter, Tool E, Apollo 11

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 crewman toolset carried on Apollo lunar missions provides multipurpose tools and/or attachments for mechanical actuations and valve adjustments. The toolset contains the following items: a pouch, an emergency wrench, an adapter handle, an adjustable end wrench, a U-joint driver, a torque set driver, a CPC driver, 3 jack screws, and a 20-inch tether. Each tool has a tether ring and is designated with a letter of the alphabet. All tools are capable of being used with a PGA gloved hand.

The adapter handle (tool E) is most often used. The adapter handle is approximately 3.5-inches long and 1.5-inches in diameter. It has a large and small drive and fits all drivers. A ball detent assists in maintaining contact with the drivers. It is used similar to a screwdriver.

This adapter handle (Tool E) was part of the tool kit flown on the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969. It was transferred to the Smithsonian in 1969.