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Lunar Field Geology

NSSDCA ID: 1971-063C-10

Mission Name: Apollo 15 Lunar Module /ALSEP
Principal Investigator:Dr. Gordon A. Swann


The lunar field geology investigation experiment was designed to provide data on the nature and development of the Apennine mountin area and of the processes that have modified the mare and highland surface through the study of documented lunar geological features and the analysis of returned lunar samples. This experiment was conducted by the Apollo Lunar Geology Experiment Team, in consultation with the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) Science Working Panel (representing the Principal Investigator). The equipment used for this experiment was a hammer, tongs, and extension handle, a small sampling scoop, an gnomon/color patch, a string scale, sample collection bags, special environmental sample containers, and sample return containers. Geology core sample were also obtained with the Apollo lunar surface drill (ALSD) core stems, bits, and caps (see 71-063C-06). The hand tools (hammer, tongs, etc.) used for this experiment were the standard Apollo lunar hand tools and were carried on the Apollo lunar hand tool carrier on the aft pallet of the lunar rover vehicle (LRV). Approximately 82 kg (180 lb) of volcanic rocks, impact rock breccias, and soil samples were returned.

Alternate Names

  • Apollo15ALSEP/LunarFieldGeology
  • Lunar Geology Investigations
  • 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. William R. MuehlbergerOther InvestigatorUS Geological Survey
Dr. Gordon A. SwannPrincipal InvestigatorUS Geological Survey
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