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The handling of personal items through Apollo 15 was chaotic, but there is considerable evidence that officials turned a blind eye during this period. The stowage list for Apollo 15 shows one personal preference kit (PPK) in the CM, one PPK in the lunar module, and no entries for license plates. This means that if the license plates flew at all, they would ...


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No, because the LM's tape recorder had no playback A portable cassette recorder was stowed in the command module. The primary reason for this recorder was to give the astronauts a means to make verbal log entries, as an alternative to written entries. However, the astronauts were given the blank tapes in advance, and the CM cassette recorder could also ...


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There are some pieces of equipment that were brought back from the Moon by an Apollo mission although they had been placed there by a different mission. Apollo 12 landed at walking distance of Surveyor 3 landing site in order to retrieve some parts and return them to Earth for analysis.


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The Soviet Union's Luna program also included sample returns from the Moon, most notably Luna 16 which was the first such mission to complete the sample return. As Wikipedia describes the sample return: Finally, after 26 hours and 25 minutes on the lunar surface, at 07:43 UT on 21 September, the spacecraft's upper stage lifted off from the Moon. The ...


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You can find what items were carried on each mission, and what was brought back, by reading the stowage lists. Each list is divided into six sections: Section A is the items placed in the command module at launch. This includes items that may be worn by the astronauts. Section B is the items placed in the lunar module at launch. Section C are the items (...


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