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. Above the 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.