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This Hand-Held Maneuvering Unit was used by Edward White III on his historic "walk in space" on June 3, 1965.

It is constructed of aluminium and stainless steel, with three small rocket nozzles, two of which are located on extenders, permitting the astronaut to move his body to the right or left, or gently forward. There is a rocker switch incorporated into the handle for the operation of the nozzles, and two oxygen tanks under 3400 psi of pressure for fuel.

The unit was manufactured by Airesearch Manufacturing Company and transferred to the National Air and Space Museum in 1967.

Display Status

This object is on display in Destination Moon at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Destination Moon
Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type EQUIPMENT-EVA Devices Manufacturer Airesearch Mfg. Co.
Astronaut Edward H. White, II
Dimensions Overall: 2ft 8in. x 1ft 2in. x 9in. x 2in., 6.8lb. (81.28 x 35.56 x 22.9 x 5.1cm, 3.1kg)
Folded: 17" x 10" x 3"
Materials Anodized Aluminum, Aluminum, Steel, Fiberglass, Copper, Velcro, Nylon, Adhesive
Inventory Number A19670211000 Credit Line Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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