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Apollo Lunar Sample Equipment Gallery


The equipment on this shelf appears to have been jostled a bit, as some of the signs are askew and the equipment is not positioned for optimal view.

This shelf has what appears to be some sort of scoop (at left), a bag of organic sample monitors (containing rolls of aluminum mesh, at back right), and a monocular.

The sign on the left reads

Moon rock collection equipment

H61292. On loan from the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C. and NASA

The sign in the back is somewhat obscured, but reads in part

Organic Sample Monitor

What did man take to the moon?

These bags were packed inside the Apollo Lunar Sample Return Containers. The aluminum mesh inside the teflon bag collected any organic contaminates. By examining these samples, scientists could determine any contamination the lunar samples [obscured] the astronauts and the spacecraft.

Although the sign states that the bag is teflon, the bag appears to be made of plastic and contains what appears to be three rolls of the aluminum mesh.

The sign in the front reads

The astronauts examined distant objects on the moon by using a monocular like this one.
H31414. On loan from NASA.

Moon rock collecting equipment in Apollo Lunar Sample Equipment display at Neil Armstrong Air & Space
Time picture taken Sat May 16 14:31:04 2009
Location picture taken Second Floor Lunar Surface Gallery
Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum
Wapakoneta, OH
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