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Reference numberMS/926/5/9
LevelSubSeries
TitlePapers relating to the Apollo 16 special surface sampler, collected by Colin Pillinger
DateSeptember 1966 - March 1975
DescriptionSurface samples of the lunar regolith were collected at station 9 during the Apollo 16 mission using two cloths, the Beta cloth described as a close weave nylon material (30mg collected) and a velvet cloth described as having a substantial pile (130mg collected). When returned the samplers were stored in nitrogen and sealed in multiple teflon bags. The containers had been spring-loaded to prevent contamination of the lunar surface, and this created difficulty once the samples had been returned. The Organic Geochemistry Unit at Bristol University was selected to develop techniques to retrieve the samples after a proposal and a number of simulations. The retrieval was carried out by Colin Pillinger in December 1974.

Contains the following files:
Correspondence and papers preceeding the retrieval of the Apollo 16 lunar special samples, collected by Colin Pillinger
Correspondence and papers relating to the retrieval of the Apollo 16 lunar special samples, collected by Colin Pillinger
Papers created by NASA relating to the collection of Apollo 16 lunar special samples, collected by Colin Pillinger
Copies of Apollo 16 lunar special samples media coverage, collected by Colin Pillinger
Photographic slides relating to the Apollo 16 lunar special samples, collected by Colin Pillinger
Photographs of Apollo 16 lunar special samples, collected by Colin Pillinger
Scanning electron microscope photographic material of Apollo 16 lunar special samples, collected by Colin Pillinger
Extent7 files
FormatTypescript
Slides
Photograph
Physical description6 folders
Access statusOpen
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