Collection Item Summary:
For taking notes and making alterations to flight plans during the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969, astronauts were issued sturdy metal mechanical pencils for their flights. NASA purchased a number of these from Lew Manufacturing of Rhode Island for the Apollo and Skylab programs. It is made of polished chrome with a twist-motion to advance the lead, and a piece of velcro was added to allow attachment to the inside of the spacecraft or other objects.
NASA transferred this pencil to the Museum in 1984.
Collection Item Long Description:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Transferred from NASA - Johnson Space Center
Overall - chrome metal with Velcro patch
3-D: 12.7 × 0.6cm (5 × 1/4 in.)
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Country of Origin
United States of America