Keyboard, Display (DSKY), Apollo Guidance Computer


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 Display Keyboard (DSKY), designed by the Raytheon Corporation, was the method by which Apollo astronauts communicated with the computers on board the Apollo Command and Lunar Modules. The interface consisted of a simple numerical keyboard, a row of status lights, and a set of lighted numerical indicators. Astronauts instructed the computer by keying in numerical codes in a "verb - noun" sequence; e.g. "display velocity."

This specimen is an unflown item used for thermal testing. It shows evidence of having been subject to flames or high temperatures.

Transferred from NASA to the Museum in 1972.

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

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Case: metal. Buttons and display: plastic. Display: glass


3-D: 20.3 x 21 x 17.8cm (8 x 8 1/4 x 7 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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