Scale, Sample, Lunar Surface


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

The Sample Scale was designed to weigh containers of rocks and soil during the lunar mission. It was important to know the weights so that pre-determined weight limits were not exceeded at lunar lift-off. This type of scale was used on Apollo 14, 15, 16, and 17. It was calibrated in 5 lb increments up to 80 lbs. 80 lbs on the Moon is equivalent to approximately 480 lbs on Earth.

This particular unit was used for training and NASA transferred it to the Smithsonian in 1974.

Collection Item Long Description:


Scale, Sample, Lunar Surface

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 the National Aeronautics and Space


Overall: Aluminum


3-D: 35.6 × 5.1 × 2.5cm (14 × 2 × 1 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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