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
- Union Carbide, Nuclear Division
- National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
- Apollo to the Moon
- Aluminum handle, Teflon bag
- A19740860000A: Teflon, Plastic, Stainless Steel, Velcro, Paper, Adhesive, Ink
- 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)
- Contingency Soil Sampler, Apollo