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Apollo 11 FA-5 Penlight Gallery


The sign accompanying the penlight. It reads

Apollo 11 Pen Flashlight

On load from National Air and Space Museum

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This penlight was part of an emergency tool kit aboard Apollo 11, assigned to Buzz Aldrin on the first lunar landing mission. The "On" and "Off" positions are clearly marked, as is the date of manufacture, "7-68". Although it has Velcro to keep it in place, astronauts quickly realized that in space, a flashlight stays put and doesn't need to be held like it does on earth! The next time you use a flashlight, imagine what it would be like to not have to hold on to it!

Sign accompanying the Apollo 11 FA-5 Penlight at Adler Planetarium
Time picture taken Tue Nov 28 12:44:48 2006
Location picture taken Shoot for the Moon Exhibit
Adler Planetarium
Chicago, IL
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