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Lunar Field Geology

NSSDCA ID: 1969-059C-01

Mission Name: Apollo 11 Lunar Module / EASEP
Principal Investigator:Dr. Eugene M. Shoemaker


This experiment entailed the collection and documentation of geologic rock samples. The samples were collected using tongs, scoops, a hammer, and core tubes. A closeup stereoscopic surface camera, the modified 70-mm Hasselbalds, and a 16-mm camera used in experiment 69-059A-01 (photography) were also used to document the findings of the astronauts and their traverse of 100 m from the landing site. All samples were placed in vacuum tight containers, and the 21 kg of rock samples from the contingency and the bulk and documented containers were brought back to earth for use in extensive scientific investigations of the composition of the moon and its origin.

Alternate Names

  • Apollo11EASEP/LunarFieldGeology
  • S059


  • Planetary Science: Geology and Geophysics

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this experiment can be directed to: Dr. David R. Williams



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Eugene M. ShoemakerPrincipal InvestigatorCalifornia Institute of Technology

Selected References

  • Shoemaker, E. M., et al., Geologic setting of the lunar samples returned by the Apollo 11 mission, in Apollo 11 Prelim. Sci. Rept., NASA SP-214, Wash., DC, 1969.
  • Preliminary Examination Team, Preliminary examination of lunar samples, in Apollo 11 Prelim. Sci. Rept., NASA SP-214, Wash., DC, 1969.
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