Sample Return Container Box Beta Cover
Lot 178
LUNAR ROCK BOX COVER.
Sold for US$ 1,830 inc. premium
Auction Details
The Space Sale New York
16 Jul 2009 13:00 EDT

Auction 17402
Lot Details
LUNAR ROCK BOX COVER.
Cover for the sample return box, thick Beta cloth with dual zippers, 12 by 20 by 8 inches. With four 2-inch square clear viewing windows. Interior and exterior flaps secured with velcro. Stamped with part number V36-788036 06362 AAJ1898 and with several inspection stamps. The left side of the large zipper area is marked "SAMPLE RETURN BOX" and "CLOSE TO HERE FOR TRANSFER." A label inside the flap reads: "CM FWD [with arrow] HANDLE TO FOLD [with arrow]."

A cover used in training, and identical to the actual flight-qualified version. Lunar rocks were placed in an aluminum storage box that was vacuum sealed on the lunar surface. The crew then placed the box inside the container covers of this type for the journey back to Earth, to prevent lunar dust from spreading inside the Lunar and Command Modules.
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