Model, Wind Tunnel, Apollo Command Module


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 Apollo command module pressure model was part of a larger grouping built and used for wind tunnel testing conducted in the development stage of the Apollo program. The testing was to observe and measure the aerodynamic and heat transfer properties of the module at launch and reentry. This model was to document the distribution of pressure the command module would experience traversing the atmosphere at a specific angle.

NASA transferred the model to the Smithsonian in 1971.

Collection Item Long Description:


Model, Wind Tunnel, Apollo Command Module

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 NASA Manned Spacecraft Center


  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Gypsum
  • Vinyl Tape
  • Adhesive
  • Ink


  • 3-D: 53.3 × 17.8 × 15.9cm (21 × 7 × 6 1/4 in.)
  • Storage: 84.5cm × 23.5cm × 20.3cm (2 ft. 9.3 in. × 9.3 in. × 8 in.)
  • Other: 11.3kg (25lb.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


MODELS-Wind Tunnel

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