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Hatch, Crew, Apollo 11


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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:

This hatch was the main crew hatch on "Columbia" (CM-107), the Command Module flown on the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. The Apollo hatch had to provide a perfect seal for proper cabin pressurization, thermal protection during re-entry, and water-tight conditions during splashdown and recovery. An example of the "unified hatch" designed following the fatal Apollo 204 fire in January 1967, the Apollo 11 hatch covered the side opening in both the pressurized cabin and the external heat shield that covered the spacecraft.

The hatch was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution by the NASA Johnson Space Center in 1970.

Collection Item Long Description:


Hatch, Crew, Apollo 11

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


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

Credit Line

Transferred from the NASA-Johnson Space Center


Metal, glass


  • Overall: 2 ft. 5 1/2 in. tall x 3 ft. 3 3/8 in. wide x 10 5/8 in. deep (75 x 100 x 27cm)
  • Other (Window): 10 5/8 in. diameter (27cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America


SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

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