Scott's Geology Field Kit Front View
Scott's Geology Field Kit Back View
Of Scott's Geology Training Notes
Of Scott's Geology Training Diagram
|This geology field training kit
by Apollo 15 Commander David Scott during his training as an
astronaut. Astronauts received extensive training in
geology in preparation for lunar landing missions. This field kit
was essential equipment used in Astronaut Scott's training.
This is an important artifact which gives a glimpse into the
preparation required for lunar missions. Increasing the
historical importance of this artifact are David Scott's hand written
notes and drawings in the notebook. One page of notes
is dated April 2, 1964. Scott glued a piece of sandpaper to the
back cover of the notebook for sharpening his pencil. This glue
over the years, released and the sandpaper is now loose. You can see in
the above photo the red streak on the dark gray sandpaper. This
streak is the result of Scott sharpening his pencil.
A folded topographical map that Scott used during
training was inside of the field kit pouch. Although the map does
not have a label identifying the area, it appears that this map is a
map of Meteor Crater near Barringer, Arizona.
Astronaut Scott consigned this artifact for auction in the Space &
Aviation Memorabilia Auction conducted by Aurora Galleries on April 23,
2005. This was lot number 634A in that auction. The lot was
added after the catalog was sent to the printers, so it only was
able to be viewed in the online auction and not in the auction catalog.
The online description of this lot stated, "Lot 634A. This lot is the actual field
training kit (6.5 x 9 x 1.75") used by David Scott in preparation for
the Apollo 15 mission.
Complete with its original leather case
which Dave would have strapped to his belt during field trips,
this kit includes a "US Department of the Interior Geological Survey
Loose Leaf Field Notebook," The first 9 pages of which are covered in
Dave's notes and illustrations that he made during one of the training
exercises, a topographical map (area for which is not identified on the
map), a sand gauge and measurement "folder" made by the Geological
Specialty Company which includes actual samples of "Very coarse,
coarse, medium, fin, very fine and silt sand along with samples of
rounded, surrounded, angular and sub angular sands, 2 see through
rulers/gauges, one ivorite rule, a mechanical pencil, a red/blue
pencil, and a sample comparison clear "pen" that contains some sand
Inside the front flap Dave has written in black Sharpie
"Used during Geology Field Training, Dave Scott, Apollo 15 CDR." All of
the items show evidence of use, but typical of Dave, this item is in
excellent condition. An incredible artifact from the Apollo 15
Earth To The Moon Air and Space Museum acquired this artifact in the
Aurora Galleries auction.