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Sampling Device, Soil Contact, Training, Apollo 16

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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:

Two Contact Soil Sampling Devices were flown on Apollo 16 only. Their purpose was to collect special samples of the uppermost layers of lunar regolith. One device had a sampling pad covered with beta cloth and the other had a velvet-covered pad. To sample regolith undisturbed by the descent engine on the lunar lander or dirt scattered by human activities, the astronaut cautiously approached a large boulder far away from the lander. The sampler was carefully extended down to the protected surface on the farside of the boulder using the long handle.

This particular unit was not actually flown on the mission. It was transferred to the Smithsonian in 1974.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

NASA, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.

Materials

  • Aluminum - box and pad support, Silicon rubber - seal
  • Adhesives, Beta Cloth or Velvet

Dimensions

3-D: 17.5 × 15.5 × 18cm (6 7/8 × 6 1/8 × 7 1/16 in.)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

EQUIPMENT-Lunar

Inventory Number

A19750068000