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Apollo Lunar Sample Equipment Gallery


Some lunar sample weigh bags.

The sign on the left reads

Lunar Sample Weigh Bags

Weigh bags were used on the Apollo missions to hold the rock and soil samples as they were collected.

Weigh bags made from plastic were used on Apollo 11 and 12. Apollo 14 weigh bags appear in photographs to be made of a woven cloth. The rectangular frame gave shape to the bags as astronauts used a box-shaped scoop to fill them.

The sign on the right reads

Sample Bags, Weight Bags, Container

On loan by the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.

Weigh bags full of samples were placed in Apollo Lunar Sample Return Containers for return to Earth.

Apollo 11 photo S69-32248 shows Neil Armstrong using a weigh bag in training.

Lunar sample weigh bag and sample bags in Apollo Lunar Sample Equipment display at Neil Armstrong Air & Space
Time picture taken Sat May 16 14:30:30 2009
Location picture taken Second Floor Lunar Surface Gallery
Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum
Wapakoneta, OH
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