Passive Seismic Experiment, Apollo

A device like this deployed on the lunar surface by the Apollo 11 crew in 1969 contained four seismometers powered by two panels of solar cells, which converted solar energy into electricity. The experiment measured lunar shock waves caused by moonquakes or impacts of meteoroids or of manmade objects on the surface. Data regarding the strength, duration, and approximate direction of the seismic event were relayed to receiving stations on Earth. The seismic instrument package continued sending data for about a month after the Apollo 11 landing. The seismic experiments left on the surface by the crews of Apollo 11 and four later Apollo missions continued to return valuable information even after the end of the Moon landings; the last one was shut off in 1981.

This unit was used for training and donated by the Bendix Corporation in 1972.

Donated by the Bendix Corp.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Teledyne Corporation, Earth Sciences Division

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

Type
EQUIPMENT-Lunar

Materials
Aluminum
Gold Plating
Beryllium
Kapton
Mylar
Electrical wiring
Velcro
Steel
Rubber
Paint
Photosensitive cells
Dimensions
Overall (Pallet): 9 1/16in. x 2ft 1 3/16in. x 2ft 3 9/16in. (23 x 64 x 70cm)
Other (PSE Cylinder): 9in. x 11in. (22.86 x 27.94cm)
Other (Solar panel extended): 1ft 1in. x 1/2in. x 6ft 1 1/4in. (33.02 x 1.27 x 186.06cm)

A device like this deployed on the lunar surface by the Apollo 11 crew in 1969 contained four seismometers powered by two panels of solar cells, which converted solar energy into electricity. The experiment measured lunar shock waves caused by moonquakes or impacts of meteoroids or of manmade objects on the surface. Data regarding the strength, duration, and approximate direction of the seismic event were relayed to receiving stations on Earth. The seismic instrument package continued sending data for about a month after the Apollo 11 landing. The seismic experiments left on the surface by the crews of Apollo 11 and four later Apollo missions continued to return valuable information even after the end of the Moon landings; the last one was shut off in 1981.

This unit was used for training and donated by the Bendix Corporation in 1972.

Donated by the Bendix Corp.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Teledyne Corporation, Earth Sciences Division

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

Type
EQUIPMENT-Lunar

Materials
Aluminum
Gold Plating
Beryllium
Kapton
Mylar
Electrical wiring
Velcro
Steel
Rubber
Paint
Photosensitive cells
Dimensions
Overall (Pallet): 9 1/16in. x 2ft 1 3/16in. x 2ft 3 9/16in. (23 x 64 x 70cm)
Other (PSE Cylinder): 9in. x 11in. (22.86 x 27.94cm)
Other (Solar panel extended): 1ft 1in. x 1/2in. x 6ft 1 1/4in. (33.02 x 1.27 x 186.06cm)

ID: A19730062000