Oximeter, Pulse


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

Pulse oximetry has been a staple of critical care for years, and has been used since the advent of portable battery-powered units. Pulse oximeters use a special light inside a probe that clips or tapes onto a finger to give real-time monitoring of pulse rate and oxygen saturation. Astronaut's used this oximeter to monitor their own levels.

NASA transferred this unit to the Museum in 2012.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA

Country of Origin

United States of America


Aluminum alloy, anodized aluminum alloy, plastic, stainless steel, Velcro, rubber


  • 3-D: 14 x 7.6 x 3.8cm (5 1/2 x 3 x 1 1/2 in.)
  • Other (Cord and Probe): 69.2cm (27 1/4 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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