Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Project Egress Apollo Hatch!

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Adam Savage and the Smithsonian Institution collaborated on Project Egress, a plan to create a LIFE-SIZE replica of the Apollo 11 command module hatch! The build entailed hours of planning, scanning and organizing the 40-plus artists who would contribute parts, and it all culminated on July 18, 2019, when Adam and a team of makers assembled the hatch LIVE at the National Air and Space Museum!

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3 thoughts on “Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Project Egress Apollo Hatch!

  1. I spent my late father’s birthday standing front row at Air and Space watching this build. Thank you Jen, Andrew and Adam for this inspirational project. Thanks to all who contributed.
    More live builds please. (Especially if it’s this close to me.)

  2. This is what I love about Tested. This type of massive collaborative work is such an undertaking, but they do it, and do it well.
    Well do to all involved. I hope to one day get to see it for myself.

  3. I’ve got to chime in here and comment on the misuse of the term “close tolerance” (7:43). Adam says there was an interference fit of .015″ because of an “engineering problem of too close tolerance.” This statement is fundamentally incorrect because it conflates the terms “tolerance” and “fit”. In order to achieve a “nice fit” you first have to engineer the product; 1) Design a nominal fit, or clearance. 2) Design an allowable tolerance for each mating feature such that in a worst case scenario or ‘tolerance stackup’ you will still achieve a fit that is ‘nice’. And then 3) you have to execute the engineered design, each part has to be made to tolerance. This is how you engineer a “nice fit'” I expect that the no-fit condition that Adam encountered was due to a lack of engineering. Probably the nominal fit had no clearance (i.e. a 1″ pin in a 1″ hole), and no tolerance requirement was specified to the makers, and the hole shrunk, the pin grew, and nobody wondered if it would be a problem. This project is a good example art and engineering colliding in an unpleasant way (from a manufacturing engineer’s perspective anyway.) I hope TESTED broaches this subject some day.

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