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.