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Contingency Soil Sampler, Apollo

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This object is on display in the Apollo to the Moon exhibition at the National Mall building.


Manufacturer: Union Carbide, Nuclear Division

Country of Origin: United States of America

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)

Materials: Aluminum handle, Teflon bag A19740860000A: Teflon, Plastic, Stainless Steel, Velcro, Paper, Adhesive, Ink

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.

Inventory number: A19740860000

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