The movie Apollo 13 illustrated the true fact that some items which were not intended to be returned to Earth were brought back anyway, to compensate for weight which would not be returned. However, a few items went in the opposite direction: they were originally intended to be returned to Earth, but were instead transferred to the lunar module before jettison. Why were the following items discarded?
- stowage containers B5 and B6
- sample return containers 1 and 2
(Source: Apollo 13 stowage lists)
This question is part of a series honoring the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13, "NASA's finest hour".