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Scongs, Prototype, Apollo


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:

Tongs were used for collecting small rocks (less than 6-10 in. in diameter). Their reach compensated for the difficulty posed by the inflexibility of the astronauts' space suit in bending over to pick up samples. These 32-inch tongs (which replaced a shorter model used on Apollo 11 - 14) were stored in the large tool carrier on the lunar rover. This artifact was used for training.

These were transferred to the Museum in 1974 from NASA.

Collection Item Long Description:


Tongs, Long-handled, Apollo

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


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

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.


  • Handle: Aluminum
  • Tines: Stainless steel


3-D: 81.3 × 12.7 × 11.4cm (32 × 5 × 4 1/2 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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