Assembly, Fuel Case, Apollo

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This object is on display in the Apollo to the Moon exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

The Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) was a set of experiments that were placed on the Moon by the Apollo astronauts. The ALSEP received electrical power from heat produced by a radioactive substance. The power generator is called an RTG (Radioisotope Thermal Generator). The radioactive material used for fuel by the RTG was stored outside the Lunar Module, mounted in a casing like this one prior to transfer to the RTG.

This artifact was transferred to the Smithsonian in 1974 from NASA - Johnson Space Center.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.

Materials

Overall: Metal, reflective tape

Dimensions

3-D: 53.3 × 11.4cm (21 × 4 1/2 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

EQUIPMENT-Lunar

Inventory Number

A19750027000