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

Manufacturer
Bendix Corp.

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

Type
EQUIPMENT-Lunar

Materials
Overall: synthetic fabric, metal, aluminum, mylar
Power pack: steel switches, brass, aluminum housing, synthetic covered wires
Dimensions
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)

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

Manufacturer
Bendix Corp.

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

Type
EQUIPMENT-Lunar

Materials
Overall: synthetic fabric, metal, aluminum, mylar
Power pack: steel switches, brass, aluminum housing, synthetic covered wires
Dimensions
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)

ID: A19761051000