Tribute: Neil Armstrong

     Print Edition: Oct 28, 2012

Neil Armstrong
(1930-2012)

Man's first steps on the moon inspired thousands of future astronauts and scientists. BT More pays tribute to the brave and humble explorer who was a trailblazer, with a special look at the equipment that helped him make that "giant leap for mankind".

1. Apollo Communications Carrier - David Clark Co./Plantronics
Affectionately called the 'Snoopy Cap', it had an elastic headband and teflon sides to hold the mouthpieces and headphones. Each headset had multiple mikes and speakers in case one part failed.

2. Hasselblad 500 EL camera
Known for its high-quality build and ease of use, these Swedish cameras had a motorised mechanism that prepared the film and shutter when activated. They were also designed to use easy-to-detach black-andwhite and colour film magazines.

3. Omega Speedmaster Chronograph
The Apollo programme required a manual-winding wristwatch that was water-proof, shockproof, anti-magnetic, could operate between 0-200 degrees Fahrenheit and withstand accelerations of 12 Gs. Velcro replaced the standard metal strap. The Speedmaster fit the bill.

4. 4. Fisher AG-7 space pen
With a nitrogen-pressurised ink cartridge, this pen could write in zero-gravity space. NASA added a velcro square on the body so it could be secured inside the spacecraft. This model is a replica, which Fisher sold to the public. The original was damaged in a fire.

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