Shade, Rendezvous Window, Left, 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 spacecraft was equipped with removable window shades which were secured in place with hook and loop closure, and prevented the sun shining inside. Without the "safety layer" of Earth's atmosphere, the sun's light is strong and periodically required blocking (for sleeping, etc.).

This shade was used in Command Module "Columbia's" left rendezvous window during the historical Apollo 11 first lunar-landing mission. NASA transferred it to the Smithsonian in 1970.

Collection Item Long Description:

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 the National Aeronautics and Space


Anodized Aluminum, Paint, Foam, Adhesive, Ink, Plastic


Overall: 32.7 x 20.32 x 0.95cm (1ft 7/8in. x 8in. x 3/8in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

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