Lunar Sample Return Bag Replica
This bag is an exact replica based off of the original Contingency Bag used to stow the first samples collected on the moon.
Apollo 11 landed the first man on the moon 50 years ago, on July 20th, 1969. NASA decided that in the event that time on the moon would be cut short, they wanted a contingency plan for retrieving lunar samples from the Sea of Tranquility landing site. For this purpose, the Contingency Lunar Sample Return Bag was created, made of the same beta cloth as the astronauts suits.
The first planned task of being on the moon was to collect about 1 kilogram of material near the lunar lander. This was done in view of the lunar lander camera and would become the first samples collected from the surface of the moon. The samples were placed in the Lunar Sample Bag and stowed in the Lunar Lander.
The mission was a huge success with the crew and lunar samples safely returned to earth. Because of this, a contingency bag was no longer needed for future missions and no more were created.
Sized at 100% scale: 12”x8.5”