Needle, Chlorination, 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:

To insure that drinking water during the Apollo missions did not become contaminated with microorganisms, chemical disinfectants were periodically injected into the water supply by the astronauts. A chlorine solution was used for the Command Module. To insert the chlorine astronauts used a specially designed syringe. This item is the needle portion of the syringe system used during the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. NASA transferred it to the Smithsonian in 1970.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA/JSC; must be offered back to NASA upon deaccession

Country of Origin

United States of America


Needle, Chlorination, Apollo 11


Overall: metal


3-D: 6.4 x 3cm (2 1/2 x 1 3/16 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


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