Collection Item Summary:
The Lunar Traverse Gravimeter was designed to measure the Moon's gravitational field using a precise accelerometer. While on the Moon, astronauts would move the device to different locations and take readings of the graviational force.
This particular Traverse Gravimeter is the flight back-up unit for the Apollo 17 mission. It was transferred to the Smithsonian in 1975.
Collection Item Long Description:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Donated by the Office of Naval Research
- Overall: synthetic fabric, metal, aluminum, mylar
- Power pack: steel switches, brass, aluminum housing, synthetic covered wires
3-D: 25.4 × 22.9 × 44.5cm (10 × 9 × 17 1/2 in.)
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Country of Origin
United States of America