Caps and Dispenser, Drive Tube, Apollo

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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:

The later Apollo lunar missions Apollo 15, 16 and 17 were equipped with 4cm diameter "Drive Tubes" for extracting cylindrical samples of the lunar regolith for analysis and study when returned to Earth. Simple dispensers with translucent Teflon caps to seal the drive tubes after sample collection were provided. This dispenser and set of caps was used for training and transferred to the Smithsonian 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.

Materials

  • Dispenser: aluminum
  • Caps: plastic

Dimensions

3-D: 6.5 × 5.2 × 5.5cm (2 9/16 × 2 1/16 × 2 3/16 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

EQUIPMENT-Lunar

Inventory Number

A19750050000