Apollo to the Moon

MEDICAL & SURVIVAL

Medical Kits

Shorter Missions

During the Mercury program, which sent humans into space for a short period of time in preparation for the Apollo lunar missions, most of the equipment carried was standard military issue. The Apollo kits differed considerably because most of its items were designed and built specifically for use by astronauts.

These items were carried aboard the one-man Mercury missions by Alan B. Shepard on the flight of Freedom 7 in May 1961 and John H. Glenn Jr. on the flight of Friendship 7 in February 1962.


Freedom 7 First Aid Pouch

First Aid Pouch
This first aid pouch, labeled 'First Aid Kit, Aviator, Camouflaged' was standard military equipment assigned to Alan Shepard for his Freedom 7 mission in May 1961. The original contents of the pouch are unknown.

Medical Kit and Scissors : Friendship 7

Medical Kit & Scissors
This first aid kit was part of the equipment assigned to John Glenn for his historic Friendship 7 mission in February 1962. The kit is small, and contained minor first aid supplies for use in the event of a minor mishap. A coiled cord connects a pair of surgical scissors to the medical kit.

Lunar Missions


Apollo Command Module Medical Kit

Command Module Medical Kit
This medical kit was carried in the Apollo command module. It contains bandages, eye and nose drops, sleeping pills, and self-injectors to treat motion sickness and pain.

Apollo Lunar Module Medical Kits

Lunar Module Medical Kit
Small medical kits like this one were carried in the Apollo lunar module. They contain sleeping pills, aspirin and other pain relief medication, eyewash, and bandages.


Survival Equipment

Shorter Missions


Spaceflight mission planners had to consider the possibility of a returning astronaut landing outside the planned recovery area. In preparation for this contingency, astronauts carried survival and signal equipment on their missions.

During the Mercury program most of the survival equipment used was standard military issue. The Apollo survival kit differed considerably because most of its items were designed and built specifically for use by astronauts.

These items were carried aboard the one-man Mercury missions by Alan B. Shepard on the flight of Freedom 7 in May 1961 and John H. Glenn Jr. on the flight of Friendship 7 in February 1962.

Lunar Missions

The survival equipment shown here was carried on the Apollo 11 mission. The survival kit provided 48 hours of survival supplies for the three-man crew, if rescue was delayed. The supplies fit into two rucksacks.


Apollo Survival Rucksack
Apollo Survival Rucksack
This is the first of the two rucksacks flown on the historic first lunar-landing mission, Apollo 11, in 1969. It includes three water containers, one radio beacon with spare battery, three pairs of sunglasses, six packages of desalted chemicals, one desalter kit, two survival lights, one machete, and two bottles of sunscreen. The second rucksack (not pictured) contained a three-man life raft, a sea anchor, and three sun bonnets.
Apollo Dual Life Vest
Apollo Dual Life Vest
Each astronaut was provided an inflatable life vest for use after splashdown. This dual life vest kit was carried aboard Apollo 11. 
Apollo Survival Light
Apollo Survival Light
Two of these multi-purpose units were carried in the Apollo survival rucksack to be used in case there was a delay in being rescued after splashdown.