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Command Module Hatch

Command Module Hatch

Command module hatch from Apollo 11, on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. This single hatch could be opened in five seconds by pumping the handle to activate a pressurized nitrogen cylinder. Prior to the tragic fire in January 1967 in which three astronauts died, there were two hatches on the Apollo command module requiring 90 seconds to open.
Galleries: Aerospace Manufacturing, Apollo Program, National Air and Space Museum
Keywords: aerospace, apollo, commandmodule, district of columbia, hatch, moon, nasa, national air and space museum, smithsonian, smithsonian, smithsonianair and space museum, space, washington dc
Photo Location: National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Photographer: Dr. Roy Winkelman
Date of Photo: 06/25/2009
Device Make: Canon
Device Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Original Dimensions: 5139×3426
Picture Orientation: Landscape
GPS Coordinates: 38°53'18.49"N 77°1'11.34"W
Picture Number: 835