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Lunar Field Geology

NSSDCA ID: 1972-031C-05

Mission Name: Apollo 16 Lunar Module /ALSEP
Principal Investigator:Dr. William R. Muehlberger


The purpose of the lunar field geology investigation was to obtain data that will provide a better understanding of the Descartes Highlands area and the processes which have formed and modified this surface through the study of documented geological features and returned lunar samples. The major equipment that was used included hammer, tongs, extension handle, adjustable sampling scoop, rake, gnomon/color patch, spring scale, core tubes/caps, sample bags--both documented and general collection, special environmental containers, and sample return containers. The hand tools were located on the Apollo lunar hand tool carrier (ALHTC) attached to the lunar rover's aft pallet. Attachment of tools and collection bags could be made on the astronauts' portable life support systems (PLSS). Photography requirements for this experiment were satisfied by the Hasselblad electric data camera with a 60-mm focal length lens and by real-time TV transmissions. Selection of experiment sites was made by the astronauts.

Alternate Names

  • Apollo16ALSEP/LunarFieldGeology
  • S059

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Applications (United States)


  • Planetary Science: Geology and Geophysics

Additional Information

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



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. M. MillerGeneral ContactNASA Johnson Space Center
Dr. William R. MuehlbergerPrincipal InvestigatorUS Geological Survey

Selected References

  • Muehlberger, W. R., et al., Preliminary geologic investigation of the Apollo 16 landing site, in Apollo 16, Prelim. Sci. Rept., NASA SP-315, 6-1, Wash., DC, 1972.
  • Lunar Sample Pre. Exam. Team, Preliminary examination of lunar samples: Part A -- A petrographic and chemical description of samples from the lunar highlands, in Apollo 16, Prelim. Sci. Rept., NASA SP-315, 7-1, Wash., DC, 1972.
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