DescriptionApollo 12 Training-Used NASA Apollo Lunar Sample Return Container Packing Sequence Photos Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Charles Conrad, with Signed Note. A group of fifteen 10" x 8" color NASA glossy photos with red-letter numbering showing the sequence of packing material into the LMSRC in preparation for the Apollo 12 mission. There are two handwritten notes to Conrad from "Ed" regarding these photos. One, on a half sheet of lined paper, is boldly signed "Charles Conrad Jr/ Cdr Apollo XII" and reads: "The enclosed pictures are of SRC 2 packing (S/N 1008). I have more details on the location of the items if you require them. A second set of photos is at the cape so that the training box is identical. Ed". The second note to Pete from Ed regarding these photos, on NASA Manned Spacecraft Center letterhead, is initialed by mission Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean ("B") who has also written "Dave" and "Jim", drawing lines for the initials of Dave Scott ("DS"), and Jim Irwin ("I"). They were the backup commander and lunar module pilot for Apollo 12. All items in fine or better condition.
The Lunar Module Sample Return Container from the Apollo 12 mission is currently in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Their website gives details as to the use: "[The LMSRC] was an aluminum box with a triple seal. It was used on Apollo lunar landing missions to preserve a lunar-like vacuum around the samples and protect them from the shock environment of the earth return flight. An aluminum mesh liner helped absorb the shock impacts. Prior to flight, each box was loaded with sample container bags and other sample containment devices. The "rock box" was then closed under vacuum so that it would not contain pressure greater than the lunar ambient pressure. On the moon, while samples were being loaded, the seals were protected by a Teflon film and a cloth cover which were removed just prior to closing the box."
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