Lunar Module #2, Apollo

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Data Source
National Air and Space Museum
Rights
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Manufacturer
Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation
Credit Line
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Materials
Aluminum, titanium, aluminized Mylar and aluminized Kapton blankets
Dimensions
Overall: 22 ft. 11 in. tall x 14 ft. 1 in. wide, 8499.9 lb. (698.5 x 429.3cm, 3855.5kg)
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Location
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
Exhibition
Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall
Country of Origin
United States of America
Summary
The Apollo Lunar Module (LM) was a two-stage vehicle designed by Grumman to ferry two astronauts from lunar orbit to the lunar surface and back. The upper ascent stage consisted of a pressurized crew compartment, equipment areas, and an ascent rocket engine. The lower descent stage had the landing gear and contained the descent rocket engine and lunar surface experiments.
LM 2 was built for a second unmanned Earth-orbit test flight. Because the test flight of LM 1, named Apollo 5, was so successful, a second mission was deemed unnecessary. LM-2 was used for ground testing prior to the first successful Moon-landing mission. In 1970 the ascent stage of LM-2 spent several months on display at the "Expo '70" in Osaka, Japan. When it returned to the United States, it was reunited with its descent stage, modified to appear like the Apollo 11 Lunar Module "Eagle," and transferred to the Smithsonian for display.
Alternate Name
Lunar Module LM-2
Key Accomplishment(s)
Landed Astronauts on the Moon
Impact or Innovation
This lunar module represents one of humanity’s greatest achievements: landing people on another heavenly body.
Brief Description
Between 1969 and 1972, six lunar modules identical to this one landed a total of 12 American astronauts on the Moon. This lunar module, LM-2, never flew in space. It is configured as LM-5, Apollo 11’s lunar module Eagle.
Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Test Vehicles
Inventory Number
A19711598000