Gravimeter, Lunar Traverse, Apollo
The Lunar Traverse Gravimeter was designed to measure the Moon's gravitational field using a precise accelerometer. While on the Moon, astronauts would move the device to different locations and take readings of the graviational force.
This particular Traverse Gravimeter is the flight back-up unit for the Apollo 17 mission. It was transferred to the Smithsonian in 1975.
Donated by the Office of Naval Research
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- Bendix Corp.
- Overall: synthetic fabric, metal, aluminum, mylar
- Power pack: steel switches, brass, aluminum housing, synthetic covered wires
- Overall: 1 ft. 5 1/2 in. tall x 10 in. wide x 9 in. deep, 58 lb. (44.5 x 25.4 x 22.9cm, 26.3kg)