Heat Shield, Fragment, Ablated, Apollo


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 Apollo Command Module heat shield was manufactured following several steps: beginning with the substrate material, several coatings, a honeycomb supporting structure, a cell-by-cell filling with resin, and subsequent coatings and curing. This sample of an undetermined flown heatshield was found in the National Air and Space Museum collection and accessioned for research purposes.

Collection Item Long Description:

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

Found in Collection. Donor Unknown at this Time. Found on NASM Premises.


  • Base: Steel honeycomb
  • Upper surface: Fibreglass honeycomb
  • Filling:


Overall: 9 1/2 in. tall x 4 in. wide x 1 in. deep (24.1 x 10.2 x 2.5cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America


SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

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