Recreating a Piece of Significance
Apollo 11 landed the first man on the moon 50 years ago, on July 20th, 1969. NASA decided that in the event that time on the moon would be cut short, they wanted a contingency plan for retrieving lunar samples from the Sea of Tranquility landing site.
For this purpose, the Contingency Lunar Sample Return Bag was created.
The first planned task of being on the moon was to collect about 1 kilogram of material near the lunar lander. This was done in view of the lunar lander camera and would become the first samples collected from the surface of the moon. The samples were placed in the Lunar Sample Bag and stowed in the Lunar Lander.
The mission was a huge success with the crew and lunar samples safely returned to earth. Because of this, a contingency bag was no longer needed for future missions and no more were created.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, we are recreating The Lunar Sample Return Contingency Bag.
- Sized at 100% scale: 12”x8.5”
- Made with Authentic Beta Cloth
- Uses an Authentic Nomex Zipper
- Color Matched Polyester Binding
- Stamped Original NASA Lettering
- Made in the USA
- Limited run for the 50th Anniversary
The only difference is yours hasn't been to the moon yet
From our research we were able to determine the materials and specifications of the original bag. By using modern sewing techniques and a reputable U.S. manufacturer, we are able to create this reproduction.
After the Apollo 1 fire, all combustible material had to be replaced in the spacecraft with fire resistant materials. Beta cloth was developed for this requirement and is extremely expensive and hard to obtain. Our current work with a certified USA based manufacturer allows us to purchase Beta cloth and have it cut and sewn in a limited, one time production run, making this a very timely and limited opportunity.
Missing for 46 Years
After it successfully returned to earth, we didn't see the Lunar Contingency bag for 46 years. It resurfaced in 2015 on a government auction website, where the winning bidder paid $995 for the bag. It was discovered and confirmed that it was flown on Apollo 11 and then consigned to Sotheby's, selling for $1.8 Million.
Until you make it to the moon
Whether you choose to put it on display, have as a conversation piece, or use as a functional carry-all, the Contingency Bag is up to the task. After all, it's pretty much fire proof.
In the transcripts we see that Neil, Buzz and CapCom have a conversation while on the moon to insure the lunar sample is properly stowed, before they continue with the EVA.
04 13 37 08 CDR (Armstrong): “Contingency sample is in the pocket. My oxygen is 81 percent. I have no flags, and I’m in minimum flow.”
04 13 37 22 CC (CapCom): “This is Houston. Roger, Neil.”
The contingency bag shows up again in transcripts when the lunar lander docks with the command module piloted by Mike Collins. Armstrong hands the bag to Collins so he can experience what the moon feels like, but tells him not to open it. This would risk contamination and filling the command module in zero gravity with fine bits on moon dust.
*All items will be shipping from the United States via USPS First Class Mail. Duties and taxes are the responsibility of the recipient. After our research we found that this method was the most affordable option for you, as the backer, compared to including duties and taxes into the overall cost.
Meet the Creator
Six years ago I launched my first kickstarter that evolved into an international bag business, that I still run today. This will be our third kickstarter, but the first under our new brand, Puntzi. I'm excited to blend my expertise in manufacturing with my passion for space exploration, to bring this project to life.
Risks and challenges
Our manufacturer is prepared to handle tens of thousands of units if the campaign goes larger than we expect. In the event we exceed the inventory of Beta Cloth in stock, it may cause a short delay while a custom run is produced.
Our 6 years in manufacturing and previous kickstarter fulfillment experience has given us a realistic view of solutions to the challenges a successful campaign can bring.
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