Heat Shield, Sample, Unablated, 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.

The manufacturer provided this finished heat shield sample to the Smithsonian, along with a model showing the various steps, in 1975.

Collection Item Long Description:


Heat Shield, Sample, Unablated, 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

Gift of AVCO Corporation, Systems Division


  • Stainless steel, Fiberglas, phenolic resin (Avcoat 5026-39), various coatings
  • Fiberglass


Overall: 1 ft. × 1 ft. × 1.9 in., 5 1/4lb. (30.5cm × 30.5cm × 4.8cm, 2.4kg)

Country of Origin

United States of America


SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

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