Surface Sampler

     

Surface Sampler

These mouse trap-like devices were used to collect samples of soil from the lunar surface. A sampler was attached to an extension handle, opened and pressed down onto the surface. A cloth patch on the face of the sampler would collect the uppermost particles of lunar material from the surface. When lifted from the surface, the device would spring shut, protecting the sample.

Image Number: 2009-7181
Credit: Image by Eric Long, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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