Assembly, Fuel Case, Apollo

The Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) was a set of experiments that were placed on the moon by the Apollo astronauts. The ALSEP received electrical power from heat produced by a radioactive substance. The power generator is called an RTG (Radioisotope Thermal Generator). The radioactive material used for fuel by the RTG was stored outside the Lunar Module, mounted in a casing like this one prior to transfer to the RTG.

This artifact was transferred to the Smithsonian in 1974 from NASA - Johnson Space Center.

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
NASA, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Apollo to the Moon

Type
EQUIPMENT-Lunar

Materials
Overall: Metal,reflective tape,
Dimensions
In Frame: 29.21cm dia. (11 1/2in.)
Unframed: 53.34 height x 11.43cm dia. (1ft 9in. x 4 1/2in.)

The Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) was a set of experiments that were placed on the moon by the Apollo astronauts. The ALSEP received electrical power from heat produced by a radioactive substance. The power generator is called an RTG (Radioisotope Thermal Generator). The radioactive material used for fuel by the RTG was stored outside the Lunar Module, mounted in a casing like this one prior to transfer to the RTG.

This artifact was transferred to the Smithsonian in 1974 from NASA - Johnson Space Center.

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
NASA, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Apollo to the Moon

Type
EQUIPMENT-Lunar

Materials
Overall: Metal,reflective tape,
Dimensions
In Frame: 29.21cm dia. (11 1/2in.)
Unframed: 53.34 height x 11.43cm dia. (1ft 9in. x 4 1/2in.)

ID: A19750027000