SpringerBriefs in Space Development

The Apollo Lunar Samples

Collection Analysis and Results

Authors: Young, Anthony

  • Describes in detail the planning and design of all equipment used on the Apollo lunar landing missions
  • Documents the analysis of the samples at the Lunar Receiving Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Texas
  • Illustrated with numerous previously unpublished photographs on the topic
  • Explains the contribution of 'moon rock' analysis to our understanding of the origin and geological history of the Moon
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About this book

This book focuses on the specific mission planning for lunar sample collection, the equipment used, and the analysis and findings concerning the samples at the Lunar Receiving Laboratory in Texas. Anthony Young documents the collection of Apollo samples for the first time for readers of all backgrounds, and includes interviews with many of those involved in planning and analyzing the samples.

NASA contracted with the U.S. Geologic Survey to perform classroom and field training of the Apollo astronauts. NASA’s Geology Group within the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, helped to establish the goals of sample collection, as well as the design of sample collection tools, bags, and storage containers.

In this book, detailed descriptions are given on the design of the lunar sampling tools, the Modular Experiment Transporter used on Apollo 14, and the specific areas of the Lunar Rover vehicle used for the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 missions, which carried the sampling tools, bags, and other related equipment used in sample collection. The Lunar Receiving Laboratory, which was designed and built at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Texas for analysis and storage of the lunar samples returned from the Apollo lunar landing missions is also described in detail.

There are also descriptions of astronaut mission training for sample collecting, with the focus on the specific portions of the mission EVAs devoted to this activity.

About the authors

Anthony Young is the author of “Lunar and Planetary Rovers: The Wheels of Apollo and the Quest for Mars,” and “The Saturn V F-1 Engine: Powering Apollo Into History,” both published by Springer/Praxis. He has an Associate's degree in mechanical engineering at Delaware Tech university. He has been a regular contributor to Automobile Quarterly magazine for 30 years. He is currently a contributor to the online weekly “The Space Review.” Young’s most recent contribution to “The Space Review” is a review of Ben Evans book, “At Home in Space” (Springer, 2011).

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Lunar Probes Pave the Way

    Young, Anthony

    Pages 1-8

  • Planning the Apollo Missions Sample Collection and Processing

    Young, Anthony

    Pages 9-26

  • Geological and Sample Collection Training for Missions

    Young, Anthony

    Pages 27-43

  • Apollo Lunar Landing Missions 11, 12, and 14

    Young, Anthony

    Pages 45-66

  • Apollo Lunar Landing Missions 15, 16 and 17

    Young, Anthony

    Pages 67-91

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Softcover ca. $39.95
price for USA
  • Due: March 24, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-6184-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Apollo Lunar Samples
Book Subtitle
Collection Analysis and Results
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Space Development
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Praxis
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-6185-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-6185-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-6184-5
Series ISSN
2191-8171
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 114
Number of Illustrations and Tables
37 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour
Topics