July 20, 1969 – Armstrong narrates the retrieval of the Moon contingency sample, original transmission of audio & video

One of the scientific experiments Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin performed on Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969 was the retrieval of a contingency sample.

NASA, Apollo 11 press kit (page 42 excerpt):

“The commander, shortly after setting foot on the lunar surface, will collect a contingency sample of surface material and place it in his suit pocket. Later both crewmen will collect as much as 130 pounds of loose materials and core samples which will be stowed in air-tight sample return containers for return to Earth.”
NASA drawing of astronaut taking contingency sampe on Moon surface, Apollo 11 press kit

Listen to the original radio transmission of this procedure
Mp3 audio | 77 secs | 1.2 mb


~ by tellinghistory on July 20, 2007.

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