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   xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jul 20 12:38 AM

July 20, 2009: ALSRC -04

Continuing in yesterday's space theme...

Most of the pieces of equipment used by the astronauts are pretty smart.
I mean even the hand tools have microprocessors that make them damn near as smart as your computer.

But the ALSRC -04 is as dumb as a box of rocks.



That's because it is a box of rocks... moon rocks.

ALSRC -04 (Apollo Lunar Sample Return Container - 04) was used by Apollo 11 to bring back rock and soil samples from the Moon.

I mean c'mon, they couldn't very well just stick that stuff in their pockets, or use a recycled grocery bag, could they?



JuancoRocks  Monday Jul 20 01:42 AM

The Apollo Lunar Sample Return Container (ALSRC) was an aluminum box with a triple seal manufactured by the Nuclear Division of Union Carbide. It was used on Apollo lunar landing missions to preserve a lunar-like vacuum around the samples and protect them from the shock environment of the return flight to earth. An aluminum mesh liner helped absorb impacts. Prior to flight, each box was loaded with sample container bags and other sample containment devices. The "rock box" was then closed under vacuum so that it would not contain pressure greater than the lunar ambient pressure. On the moon, while samples were being loaded, the seals were protected by a Teflon film and a cloth cover which were removed just prior to closing the box.
(from here...http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/apollo...d=A19710814000


I think a Halliburton case would have served just as well as this one. Imagine the savings, $200.00 vs $20,000.00



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jul 20 03:26 AM

I doubt a Zero, or Halliburton, case would have survived with a vacuum inside.



SPUCK  Monday Jul 20 05:45 AM

Imagine trying to open that with a vacuum inside.. About 10,000lbsf holding it shut. 24" x 16" x 2 x 14.7psi ~ 11,000lbsf.

Oh wait! You mean a v a c u u m! Whadayah think? Like a Kirby? or maybe a Vacuum Queen?



capnhowdy  Monday Jul 20 08:32 AM

With that much vacuum, this thing really sucks.



ZenGum  Monday Jul 20 08:54 AM

Imagine trying to take that on an aeroplane.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jul 20 11:53 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
Imagine trying to open that with a vacuum inside.. About 10,000lbsf holding it shut. 24" x 16" x 2 x 14.7psi ~ 11,000lbsf.

Oh wait! You mean a v a c u u m! Whadayah think? Like a Kirby? or maybe a Vacuum Queen?
I'll bet that round thingy on the front is a pressure equalization valve. They have them on shipping containers for things like helicopter transmissions, because just a small change in altitude would make it impossible to open.


Diaphone Jim  Monday Jul 20 02:25 PM

I remember the lunar landing well. I still get goosebumps when I hear "Tranquility Base here."
I love the engineering complexity of the box, but the nasm link leads to a picture of the Apollo 11 box sent to the Smithsonian and it is ALSRC-03, not -04.
Hmm.



lumberjim  Monday Jul 20 03:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Diaphone Jim View Post
I remember the lunar landing well. I still get goosebumps when I hear "Tranquility Base here."


Holy Mother of Fuck. The fucking moon.


Gravdigr  Monday Jul 20 05:14 PM

A genuine piece of a real hoax...



Undertoad  Monday Jul 20 05:42 PM

..originally an Onion piece.

http://www.members.shaw.ca/rlongpre01/moon.html



busterb  Monday Jul 20 09:55 PM

If "ya'll" had been watching the History Chn. last few days???? Oh-Well



Cloud  Monday Jul 20 11:18 PM

and remember they were so concerned about "contamination" -- they put the astronauts in isolation at first to make sure they didn't bring back any looney bugs



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jul 21 01:19 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Diaphone Jim View Post
I remember the lunar landing well. I still get goosebumps when I hear "Tranquility Base here."
I love the engineering complexity of the box, but the nasm link leads to a picture of the Apollo 11 box sent to the Smithsonian and it is ALSRC-03, not -04.
Hmm.
Well the box in the Smithsonian is #3, from Apollo 11, the very first trip to the moon. Does that tell you something?


Diaphone Jim  Tuesday Jul 21 12:02 PM

Bruce asked "Does that tell you something?"
I am afraid not. What?



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jul 21 12:06 PM

They brought back more than one box of rocks.



Gravdigr  Tuesday Jul 21 01:38 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
They brought back more than one box that rocks.
(fixed it for ya)


Diaphone Jim  Tuesday Jul 21 02:26 PM

Yep. That's what Ken said.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jul 21 02:36 PM

Except with a lisp.



Diaphone Jim  Wednesday Jul 22 11:45 AM

Huh?



capnhowdy  Wednesday Jul 22 09:20 PM

Except with a lisp.



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