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Scoop, Large


Display Status:

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:

The large box-shaped scoop was used for collecting soil samples on the moon. The head of the scoop was rigidly mounted to a shaft, which could be attached to an extension handle. A rotating motion was used with this model of scoop to prevent soil from flying out of the pan. Scoops of this type were used on the Apollo 11, 12, and 14 missions. This particular item was not flown and was transferred to the Smithsonian in 1971.

Collection Item Long Description:


Scoop, Large

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


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

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Aluminum alloy 6061


3-D: 39.1 × 9.2 × 15.2cm (15 3/8 × 3 5/8 × 6 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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