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Penlight, Apollo 11


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

Collection Item Summary:

This small flashlight was part of the astronaut equipment available to the Apollo 11 crew on their July 1969 mission to the Moon.

It is constructed with a brass case, and was operated by rotating the bulb end. It was powered by a small battery and had a small velcro tab to keep it secure in the weightless environment.

Michael Collins donated this to the National Air and Space Museum in 1985.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


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

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA - Johnson Space Center


Overall: Brass, glass


3-D: 12.7 × 2.5cm (5 × 1 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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