Contingency Soil Sampler, Apollo

The Contigency Soil Sampler was a device which allowed the astronauts to quickly take a soil sample soon after they stepped onto the lunar surface. The sample was taken to the Lunar Module and stored for ascent to insure that some lunar soil would be returned to Earth even in the event of an emergency that forced early termination of the mission. Contingency samplers were taken on Apollo 11, 12, 14, and 15.

This item was transferred to the Smithsonian in 1974.

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Union Carbide, Nuclear Division

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

Type
EQUIPMENT-Lunar

Materials
Aluminum handle, Teflon bag
A19740860000A: Teflon, Plastic, Stainless Steel, Velcro, Paper, Adhesive, Ink
Dimensions
Overall: 3ft 1in. x 4in. x 1in., 2.6lb. (94 x 10.2 x 2.5cm, 1.2kg)
A19740860000A: (Bag) 7in. x 5in. x 3 5/8in. (17.78 x 12.7 x 9.21cm) (Approximate)
A19740860000A: (Ring) 5 5/8in. x 4 3/4in. x 1 1/4in. (14.29 x 12.07 x 3.18cm) (Approximate)

The Contigency Soil Sampler was a device which allowed the astronauts to quickly take a soil sample soon after they stepped onto the lunar surface. The sample was taken to the Lunar Module and stored for ascent to insure that some lunar soil would be returned to Earth even in the event of an emergency that forced early termination of the mission. Contingency samplers were taken on Apollo 11, 12, 14, and 15.

This item was transferred to the Smithsonian in 1974.

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Union Carbide, Nuclear Division

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

Type
EQUIPMENT-Lunar

Materials
Aluminum handle, Teflon bag
A19740860000A: Teflon, Plastic, Stainless Steel, Velcro, Paper, Adhesive, Ink
Dimensions
Overall: 3ft 1in. x 4in. x 1in., 2.6lb. (94 x 10.2 x 2.5cm, 1.2kg)
A19740860000A: (Bag) 7in. x 5in. x 3 5/8in. (17.78 x 12.7 x 9.21cm) (Approximate)
A19740860000A: (Ring) 5 5/8in. x 4 3/4in. x 1 1/4in. (14.29 x 12.07 x 3.18cm) (Approximate)

ID: A19740860000