Apollo 12 Lunar Surface Flown Film & Moon Rock Lucite
A genuine segment of Apollo 12 lunar surface flown 16mm camera film encased in lucite alongside a genuine NWA 11303 lunar meteorite.
Apollo 12 Lunar Surface Flown 16mm Film: The embedded 16mm camera film was used within the Lunar Module's data acquisition camera (DAC) on the surface of the moon to document the EVA's conducted by Commander Pete Conrad and Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean. The primary purpose of the data acquisition camera, from which this film came, was used to document the undocking of the Lunar Module "Intrepid" from the Command Module "Yankee Clipper" and its landing on the moon on November 19, 1969.
Interestingly, the Apollo 12 television camera was damaged after LMP Alan Bean accidentally pointed it directly towards the Sun, burning out the video pickup tube and rendering the camera useless. The result of which meant that the DAC captured some of the only moving images of Apollo 12 astronauts Conrad and Bean while they were on the lunar surface.
The data acquisition camera was transferred from NASA to the Smithsonian Museum in 1972 and has remained in their collection since.
NWA 11303 Moon Rock: The moon is constantly hit by meteorites and with no atmosphere and little gravity the larger impacts eject lunar rocks into space. After this impact, this meteorite will eventually be brought down to Earth by the Earth's gravitational pull. Scientists and universities all around the world examine meteorites and compare them with known lunar material, e.g. samples collected during the Apollo missions. The composition of gases and isotopes found is so unique that they can say for sure the material originated from the moon. The encased meteorite was acquired from Meteorite Hunter and Discovery Channel's ''Meteorite Men'' T.V. Star, Steve Arnold.
- Overall Acrylic is 12cm x 7cm x 3cm
- Lunar surface flown film measures approx. 5-6mm
- Genuine moon rock weighs approx. 50-100mg
- Comes in a white gift box bearing the Apollo Program insignia
The lunar surface flown 16mm camera film came from the collection of R. H. Gerlach, who worked with NASA’s 16mm camera systems.
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