ALSRC, Apollo Lunar Sample Return Container, Apollo 12 and 16

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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

The ALSRC was an aluminum box with a triple seal. It was used on Apollo lunar landing missions to preserve a lunar-like vacuum around the samples and protect them from the shock environment of the Earth return flight. An aluminum mesh liner helped absorb the shock impacts. Prior to flight, each box was loaded with sample container bags and other sample containment devices. On the Moon, while samples were being loaded, the seals were protected by a Teflon film and a cloth cover which were removed just prior to closing the box. Two ALSRC's were used on each mission.

This Apollo Lunar Sample Return Container (ALSRC) was used on both Apollo 12 and 16. NASA transferred this ALSRC to the Smithsonian Institution in 1977.