Tongs, Lunar Surface, Short


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:

Tongs were used to pick up individual rocks smaller than 10 cm. These so-called "short" tongs were used on the early Apollo missions (11-14) and were carried by the astronauts on fasteners attached to the waist of the lunar space suit. Later missions used longer, 32-inch tongs. This artifact was used during simulations and training. It was transferred from NASA to the Smithsonian in 1971.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center

Country of Origin

United States of America


  • Overall: Aluminum
  • Tines: Aluminum


  • Overall: 26 3/8 in. tall x 3 15/16 in.wide, 0.3 lb. (67 x 10cm, 0.1kg)
  • Other (of T-handle): 3 15/16in. (10cm)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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