Collection Item Summary:
Documented lunar sample cups were numbered with closures that allowed samples to be identified and kept separate from one another. These cups were grouped into dispensers which provided easy access for the astronauts. Although documented sample cups of several different configurations were used on the Apollo missions, two basic shapes described most, cup-shaped and flat rectangular. The cup-shaped bags came in sets of approximately 35 (used on the Apollo 12 and Apollo 14 missions) and 48 (used on the Apollo 17 mission).
These items were not flown. The Union Carbide Corporation transferred them to the Smithsonian in 1974.