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Alkali Fuel Cell History

photo of Project Apollo fuel cell, 1964.

Pratt & Whitney technicians assemble alkali fuel cells
for Apollo service modules, 1964.

Image 059-016 from the Science Service Historical Image Collection

Original Pratt & Whitney caption:

"Fuel Cell Powerplants being developed for the Apollo lunar mission are shown in various stages of assembly at one of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft's East Hartford, Connecticut facilities. These fuel cell powerplants will provide on-board electricity for the Apollo command and service modules. Their by-product is drinkable water which will be used by the astronauts. Pratt & Whitney Aircraft is developing another fuel cell system for the lunar excursion module."

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