Snag Line, 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:

In the event the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia splashed down beyond the recovery force helicopter range, a recovery aircraft was prepared to drop a sea anchor device, consisting of two sea anchors at the ends of a 600-foot floating line. The astronaut crew was to deploy a snagging line hook through the side hatch pressure equalization valve port after removing the valve. The snagging would then drift over the sea anchor line, snagging the line and retarding the drift speed of the command module while it awaited rescue and recovery.

The Apollo 11 snag line was stowed in a locker beneath the astronaut couches and transferred to the Smithsonian in1970.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA

Country of Origin

United States of America


Steel, Stainless Steel, Rubber, Ink


  • Overall (Length): 10ft 3 5/8in. (314.01cm)
  • Overall (Base): 7 11/16in. x 4 7/8in. (19.53 x 12.38cm)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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