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Overall view of the docking ring at the end of the docking tunnel.

The docking ring was added to Apollo 13 for display purposes.

During a mission, the docking ring was used to secure the Command and Lunar Modules. The docking ring, along with the docking probe, was jettisoned with the Lunar Module. On most missions, this took place in lunar orbit (as it is no longer needed and was only dead weight to accelerate during Trans-Earth Injection), but during Apollo 13 (where the LM served as a lifeboat), this took place near Earth, shortly before reeentry.

Additional information about the docking ring and the overall docking system can be found in the Apollo Experience Report: The Docking System.

 
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Time picture taken Mon Jul 28 13:03:40 2008
Location picture taken Apollo Gallery
Hall of Space
Kansas Cosmosphere
Hutchinson, KS
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