‘APOLLO 11 - THE MASTER STOWAGE LIST FOR THE FLIGHT COMPONENTS’, Sotheby's

INCLUDES PLACEMENT AND USE OF THE CONTINGENCY LUNAR SAMPLE BAG

Apollo 11, Apollo Stowage List, Mission AS 506, CM107/LM-5. Houston, TX: NASA/MSC, July 15, 1969. 117 pp. 8 by 10 ½ inches. Card stock covers, staples removed. Additional text on the cover reads: “FINAL RELEASE, This Issue Documents the AS-FLOWN Configuration.”

From the Catalogue:
BOLDLY SIGNED and INSCRIBED: “BUZZ ALDRIN, LMP” on the front cover.

The official manifest of all equipment to be placed aboard the Apollo 11 space vehicles – the Command Module “Columbia” and Lunar Module “Eagle.” There are six separate lists (A through F) which are titled: A) CM Launch Stowage List, B) LM Earth Launch Stowage List, C) CM-LM Transfer List, D) LM Lunar Launch Stowage List, E) LM-CM Transfer List, and F) CM Entry Stowage List. All these lists (in column format) include a sequentially increasing item numbers, physical part numbers, nomenclature (part descriptions), stowage locations, weights, and quantities. As the lists indicate, some flight items were launch from Earth in either the CM or LM, then transferred from one vehicle to the other (and sometimes back again), depending upon the mission requirement.

Of particular interest is the bag that held the first collected lunar material for return to Earth. Defined as “Decontamination Bag, Contingency Lunar SRC (Sample Return Container)” with part number “V36-788034,” it is first located in List A on page 34, stored in stowage locker A8 or Aft locker 8. It was actually placed inside the larger decontamination bag designed to fit around the SRC’s that contained the bulk lunar samples collected after the contingency sample later in the moonwalk. It is noted “(XFRD to LM after docking)” meaning that it and all other decontaminations bags will be transfer to the LM after docking (lunar orbit docking after LM lunar liftoff). It is listed next in List E on page 79 to be placed in the A5 (Aft 5 stowage locker) once transferred back from the LM to the CM. It is last listed in List F on page 114, to confirm final placement for the CM’s entry back into the Earth’s atmosphere and ocean splashdown.

This stowage list tracks the location and movement of all other flight materials such as flight plans, checklists, food, and crew personal equipment. Lunar surface items stowed on exterior or in the LM from List B include lunar tongs, scoop, hammer, television camera, large metal SRC’s, and film cameras. There are a large number of associated space suit equipment items to enable Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to exit the LM and become the first humans explore the lunar surface.

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