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Lot 49: APOLLO LUNAR MODULE # 15 LANDING LEG BOLT

Natural History Auction

by I.M. Chait

May 16, 2010

Beverly Hills, CA, USA

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Description: APOLLO LUNAR MODULE # 15 LANDING LEG BOLT
Much as the bolts on the descent stage engine transferred force from the rocket to the LM structure, the leg bolts dissipated whatever force was left over from contact with the moon's surface (after crushable honeycomb and other one-time use crumple zones in the landing leg had done their work).

This bolt, still covered in dry lubricant (to protect it against the high humidity of Florida's Vehicle Assembly Building) was rescued from the partly assembled Apollo 20 Lunar Module, before it was assigned in 1983 to be dismantled and dumped in Long Island's Oceanside Landfill.

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