Shade, Rendezvous Window, Right, Apollo 11


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Human Spaceflight exhibition at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

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" right side rendezvous window during the historical Apollo 11 first lunar-landing mission. NASA transferred it to the Smithsonian in 1970.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Country of Origin

United States of America


Alumuminum sheet


  • Overall: 14 in. wide (35.6cm)
  • Other (top edge of trapezoid): 8 in. wide (20.3cm)
  • Other (bottom edge of trapezoid): 14in. wide (35.6cm)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components