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Bags, Documented Sample, Flat Rectangular, 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: 3 in. wide x 6 in. deep (7.6 x 15.2cm)

Materials: Frame: Aluminum Bags: Polyethelyne

Documented sample bags were numbered bags with closures that allowed samples to be identified and kept separate from one another. These bags were grouped into dispensers which provided easy access for the astronauts. Although documented sample bags of several different configurations were used on the Apollo missions, two basic shapes described most bags, cup-shaped and flat rectangular. The cup-shaped bags came in sets of 35 (used on the Apollo 12 and Apollo 14 missions) and 48 (used on the Apollo 17 mission).

This set of cup-shaped bags was transferred to the Smithsonian in 1974.

Transferred from the NASA - Johnson Space Center

Inventory number: A19810921000

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