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Soil Sampler, Contingency, Apollo


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 Contigency Soil Sampler was a device which allowed the astronauts to quickly take a soil sample soon after they stepped onto the lunar surface. The sample was taken to the Lunar Module and stored for ascent to insure that some lunar soil would be returned to Earth even in the event of an emergency that forced early termination of the mission. Contingency samplers were taken on Apollo 11, 12, 14, and 15.

This item was transferred to the Smithsonian in 1974.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Contingency Soil Sampler, Apollo
  • Contingency Soil Sampler, Apollo

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 NASA, Johnson Space Center.


  • Aluminum handle, Teflon bag
  • A19740860000A: Teflon, Plastic, Stainless Steel, Velcro, Paper, Adhesive, Ink


  • Overall: 3ft 1in. x 4in. x 1in., 2.6lb. (94 x 10.2 x 2.5cm, 1.2kg)
  • A19740860000A: (Bag) 7in. x 5in. x 3 5/8in. (17.78 x 12.7 x 9.21cm) (Approximate)
  • A19740860000A: (Ring) 5 5/8in. x 4 3/4in. x 1 1/4in. (14.29 x 12.07 x 3.18cm) (Approximate)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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