Rescue Net, Apollo 7

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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

All of the Apollo missions ended with splashdown in the ocean and recovery by specially trained teams from the U.S. Navy. Astronauts were lifted into hovering Navy helicopters by means of rescue nets attached to electric powered hoists.

This rescue net, used to recover the Apollo 7, was taken out of service following the rescue. The U.S. Navy transferred it to the Smithsonian in 1969.