Caps and Dispenser, Drive Tube, Apollo


Display Status:

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 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.


  • Dispenser: aluminum
  • Caps: plastic


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



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