xoxoxoBruce Monday Jul 20 12:38 AM
July 20, 2009: ALSRC -04
Continuing in yesterday's space theme...
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.
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.
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
Diaphone Jim Monday Jul 20 02:25 PM
I remember the lunar landing well. I still get goosebumps when I hear "Tranquility Base here."
lumberjim Monday Jul 20 03:56 PM
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.
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
Diaphone Jim Tuesday Jul 21 12:02 PM
Bruce asked "Does that tell you something?"
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Jul 21 12:06 PM
They brought back more than one box of rocks.
Gravdigr Tuesday Jul 21 01:38 PM
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
capnhowdy Wednesday Jul 22 09:20 PM
Except with a lisp.