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Lunar Portable Magnetometer

NSSDCA ID: 1972-031C-08

Mission Name: Apollo 16 Lunar Module /ALSEP
Principal Investigator:Dr. Palmer Dyal


The objective of this experiment was to obtain more scientific information on the location, strength, and dimensions of local magnetic sources. The lunar portable magnetometer was deployed by the astronauts, who then took measurements at various positions near the landing site. The instrument consisted of three orthogonal fluxgate magnetic sensors. After measurements were completed, the astronauts turned the experiment off and left the hardware on the lunar surface.

Alternate Names

  • Apollo16ALSEP/LunarPortableMagnetometer
  • S198

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Manned Space Flight (United States)


  • Planetary Science: Fields and Particles
  • 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. Palmer DyalPrincipal InvestigatorNASA Ames Research Center

Selected References

  • Dyal, P., et al., Lunar portable magnetometer experiment, in Apollo 16, Prelim. Sci. Rept., NASA SP-315, 12-1, Wash., DC, 1972.
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