Rucksack #1, Survival Kit, Apollo 11


Display Status:

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

Collection Item Summary:

Each Apollo mission was equipped with two rucksacks providing equipment to allow for crew survival for up to 48 hours in the water after landing. This is the first of the two rucksacks flown on the historic first lunar-landing mission, Apollo 11, in 1969. It includes three water containers, one radio beacon with spare battery, three pairs of sunglasses, six packages of desalted chemicals, one desalter kit, two survival lights, one machete, and two bottles of sunscreen.

The rucksack was transferred to the Smithsonian along with Command Module "Columbia" in 1970.

Collection Item Long Description:


Rucksack #1, Survival Kit, Apollo 11

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA/JSC; must be offered back to NASA upon deaccession


  • Beta Cloth
  • Brass
  • Steel
  • Plastic
  • Aluminum
  • Adhesive
  • Glass
  • Nylon
  • Foam
  • Velcro


3-D: 54.6 × 30.5 × 19cm, 15.9kg (1 ft. 9 1/2 in. × 1 ft. × 7 1/2 in., 35lb.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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