Surface Electrical Properties Experiment


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 Surface Electrical Properties Experiment was flown on Apollo 17. The experiment was used to explore the subsurface material of the Apollo 17 landing site by means of electromagnetic radiation. The experiment was designed to detect electrical layering, discrete scattering bodies, and the possible presence of water. n flight it was mounted on a specially designed pallet along with eight explosive charges for the separate lunar seismic profiling experiment.

This duplicate pallet was used by the Apollo 17 astronauts for training, and was transferred to the Smithsonian from NASA - Johnson Space Center in 1974.

Collection Item Long Description:

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Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Principal Investigator

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Raytheon Equipment Division

Country of Origin

United States of America


Metal, wires


  • Overall: 21 x 22in. (53.3 x 55.9cm)
  • Other: 21 x 48 x 22in. (53.3 x 121.9 x 55.9cm)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


EQUIPMENT-Training Devices