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The Apollo astronauts were provided a small rake that could be used to gather and collect pebbles larger than 1 cm in diameter from the lunar regolith. The rake head (this object) was attached to a handle, which while on the lunar surface was designed to attach to a standard extension handle. Lunar rakes were employed on Apollo 15-17, from July 1971 to December 1972. This artifact was used for training.

This was transferred to the Museum in 1978 from NASA.

Display Status This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type EQUIPMENT-Lunar Manufacturer NASA - Johnson Space Center Dimensions Approximate: 11 9/16 in. long x 11 9/16 in. wide x 4 1/8 in. tall, 3.3 lb. (29.4 x 29.4 x 10.4cm, 1.5kg)
Other (tine separation): 3/8 in. (1cm)
Other (handle length): 8 3/4 in. long (22.3cm)
Other (tines): 1/16 in. diameter (0.16cm)
Materials Handle, basket sidewalls: aluminum
Tines: stainless steel
Inventory Number A19781497000 Credit Line Transferred from the NASA - Johnson Space Center Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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