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Scissors, Surgical, Apollo 11


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:

These scissors were part of the Personal Preference Kit of Command Module Pilot Michael Collins during the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969. They were used to open the plastic bags in which food was rehydrated, to enable the astronauts to eat and reduce the danger of spillage.

Donated to the National Air and Space Museum by Michael Collins in 1984

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

Donated by Michael Collins


Overall: Chrome-plated steel


3-D (On display): 23.5 × 9 × 1cm (9 1/4 × 3 9/16 × 3/8 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Food & Food Accessories

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