Bag, Documented Sample, Flat Rectangular, Apollo


Display Status:

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

Collection Item Summary:

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 in sets of 48 (used on the Apollo 17 mission). Flat rectangular bags in sets of 20 were used on Apollo 15, 16 and 17.

This set of flat bags was transferred to the Smithsonian from NASA in 1974.

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


  • Frames: Aluminum
  • Bags: Polyethelyne


  • 3-D (DIspenser): 20 × 5 × 28cm (7 7/8 × 1 15/16 × 11 in.)
  • 3-D (Single bag): 22 × 0.2 × 21cm (8 11/16 × 1/16 × 8 1/4 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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