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Rescue Net, Apollo 8


Display Status:

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:

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 hydrolic hoists.

This Air Rescue Net was used December 27, 1968, to recover the Apollo 8 astronauts and it was taken out of service following the rescue. The U.S. Navy transferred it to the Smithsonian in 1969.

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 by the U.S. Department of the Navy in cooperation with the Billy Pugh Company, Inc. , Corpus Christi, Texas.


Aluminum, Foam, Nylon, Steel, Stainless Steel


3-D: 129.5 x 135.9 x 27.9cm (51 x 53 1/2 x 11 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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