Helmet, EV, Aldrin, 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:

This Extra-vehicular visor assembly was worn by astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin on the lunar surface during his historic Apollo 11 mission in July, 1969.

The A7-L Lunar Extravehicular Visor Assembly consists of a polycarbonate shell onto which the cover, visors, hinges, eyeshades, and latch are attached. It has two visors, one covered with a thermal control coating and the other with a gold optical coating. It also has two side sunshields which could be raised and lowered independently.

This helmet was worn over the pressure helmet and fastened with a latch during EVA periods, and provided impact, micrometeoroid, thermal, ultraviolet and infrared light protection.

Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from NASA in 1971.

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




LTV/MSD for ILC Industries, Inc.

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA, Manned Spacecraft Center


  • Overall: Plastic, Aluminium, Beta Cloth, Velcro
  • Exterior Visor: Gold Plated Polycarbonate
  • Interior Visor: UV-Coated Polycarbonate
  • Sunshades: Painted Steel


3-D: 30.5 x 36.8 x 35.6cm (12 x 14 1/2 x 14 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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