Pin Kit (Electrical Repair Kit), Shuttle

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

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This electrical repair kit, or "pin kit," was standard equipment on space shuttle missions, which always flew with experiments and other electronic devices that might malfunction. Most of the astronauts were engineers or scientists accustomed to working with such equipment. This compact, well-organized kit contains a variety of wires, clips, leads, sockets, pins, and small tools--wire strippers, crimp and splice tools, mini-grabbers--all stowed in neatly labeled pockets on fabric pages and fold-out panels within a zippered case. Without taking up much storage space, the kit includes most of the supplies needed for basic electrical repair tasks. Astronauts in orbit can't make a quick trip to the hardware store, so mission planners try to anticipate and provide for all probable needs.

NASA transferred this kit and a variety of other crew equipment to the Museum in 2012 when the space shuttle program ended.