Sun Filter, 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:

When sighting the Guidance and Navigation telescope toward the sun, the sun's rays were attentuated by this filter. Two filters were supplied to the Command Module: one for use when the astronauts were wearing spacesuits, the other when in a shirtsleeve environment. This filter was for the former use.It was instsalled in the Apollo Command Module "Columbia" and flown on the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, July 1969.

Transferred from NASA t the Museum in 1973.

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

Transfer from National Aeronautics and Space Administration


  • Anodized Aluminum
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Steel
  • Coating


3-D: 9.5 × 9 × 3.2cm (3 3/4 × 3 9/16 × 1 1/4 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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