Apollo 12 artifacts on the Moon

Non-exhaustive list of artificial objects set on the surface of the Moon by Apollo 12 astronauts C. Conrad and A. Bean in November 1969. The objects are listed in chronological order of deployment.

The COSPAR ID of the mission is 1969-099.

Over 300 artificial objects have been identified.

nametypequantitystatuslocation
LUNAR SURFACE CONTACT LANDING PROBESAluminum rod3broken parts?next to LM foot pads
LM-6 DPS INTREPIDLM descent stage1landed3.01°S 23.42°W
DEBRIS?Little cabin debris?vented outside when opening the hatchnext to LM ladder pad
MESA RELEASE LANYARD D-RING PIP PINPin1discarded?still attached to D-ring?
MESA INSULATION BLANKETSThermal blankets?discarded?still attached to MESA lanyard?
???MESA offloadMESA
CONTINGENCY SAMPLER HANDLE LOCKING PINHandtool1discarded?next to LM ladder pad
CONTINGENCY SAMPLER HANDLEHandtool1discarded?left on MESA?
CONTINGENCY SAMPLE COLLECTION BAG RINGHandtool1discarded?left on MESA?
MESA TV CAMERA LOCKING PINSPin?discarded?left on MESA?
CONTRAST/COLOR CHART #1Aluminum plaque1fell on the surface, discarded by CDRNW of LM, in a crater next to the contingency sample area
INSULATION BLANKETThermal blanket1ripped off from LM ladder strut?LM ladder strut
ASTRONAUT ALAN BEAN SILVER ASTRONAUT PINCommemorative item1left on the surface by LMP?inside surveyor crater?
S-BAND COVER PIP PINSPin?discarded?LM Quad I
S-BAND COVERAluminum plaque1discardedLM +Y foot pad
S-BAND TOP PLATEAluminum plaque1discardedNW of LM
S-BAND TOP FOAM PADFoam block1discarded, probably blew up, scatteredNW of LM
S-BAND LEGS TIE DOWN STRAPSStrap3discarded?still attached to antenna legs?
S-BAND THERMAL BLANKETThermal blanket1discardednext to S-Band antenna
CARRY BAR PULL PIN FASTENERPin1discardedNW of LM
CARRY BAR (SHIMMY BAR, DEPLOYMENT BAR)Aluminum rod1discardedNW of LM
RIB PROTECTORAluminum rod1discardedNW of LM
ANTENNA REFLECTOR RELEASE CABLECable1discarded?still attached to antenna?
TRIGGER GUARD PINPin1discardedNW of LM
TRIGGER LANYARDStrap1discarded?still attached to antenna?
S-BAND ANTENNAMain communication antenna1left on the surface, blown off during RCS test prior to LM lift-offN of LM
S-BAND 30 FT CABLE ASSEMBLYCable1left on the surfaceconnected to S-band antenna
LUNAR TV CAMERA TRIPODAluminum rod1left on the surface, probably fell on the ground on LM ascent stage ignitionW of LM, near Quad I
LUNAR TV CAMERA 100 FT CABLE ASSEMBLYCable1left on the surfaceW of LM, near Quad I
SWC POLEAluminum rod1discardedeither under LM or left in a crater
???flag offloadLM Quad IV
FLAG SHROUD COVER PIP PINPin1discarded?next to LM ladder pad
FLAG ASSEMBLY PIP PINPin1discarded?next to LM ladder pad
FLAG THERMAL SHROUDThermal blanket1discarded?LM ladder strut
THERMAFLEX INSULATION BLOCKSFoam block2discarded, probably blew up, scatterednext to LM ladder pad
THERMAL COVERWrapping1discarded?next to LM ladder pad
FLAG STOWAGE PIP PINPin1discarded?next to LM ladder pad
FLAG LOWER POLEAluminum rod1stuck on the surface, still aloft after LM ascent stage ignitionN of LM
FLAG UPPER SHAFTAluminum rod1stuck on the surface, still aloft after LM ascent stage ignitionattached to flag lower staff
FLAG HORIZONTAL SHAFTAluminum rod1stuck on the surface, latching hinge broken, still aloft after LM ascent stage ignitionattached to flag upper staff
UNITED STATES FLAGFlag1stuck on the surface, flag is hanging limp, still aloft after LM ascent stage ignitionattached to flag horizontal shaft
???ALSEP offloadLM Quad II
SEQ ALUMINIZED KAPTON SHEETThermal blanket1discardedLM -Z strut
SEQ LOWER BAY DOOR THERMAL INSULATION PIECEThermal blanket1discardedLM Quad II
SEQ LOWER BAY DOOR VELCRO STRAPSStrap2discardedLM Quad II
SEQ LOWER BAY DOOR RELEASE CLAWSPin?discarded?LM Quad II
PKG 1 BOOM CABLE RELEASE D-RINGRing1discarded?LM Quad II
PKG 1 BOOM ATTACHEMENT ASSY PIP PINPin1discarded?under LM Quad II
PKG 1 BOOM ATTACHEMENT ASSYAluminum rod1discardedunder LM Quad II
PKG 2 BOOM CABLE RELEASE D-RINGRing1discarded?LM Quad II
PKG 2 BOOM ATTACHEMENT ASSY PIP PINSPin6?discardedunder LM Quad II
PKG 2 BOOM ATTACHEMENT ASSYAluminum rod1discardedunder LM Quad II
PKG 2 TOOL STOWAGE BRACKETBracket1discarded?LM Quad II
SUBPALLET BOYD BOLTSFastener w/ spring2discarded?still fixed to subpallet?
ALHTC GREEN PINSPin?discarded?LM Quad II
ALHTC LANYARDSStrap?discarded?LM Quad II
ALHTC D-RINGSRing?discarded?LM Quad II
ALHTC GREEN UNDERSIDE SAFETY PINPin1discarded?LM Quad II
ALHTC GOLD PINSPin?discarded?LM Quad II
DOME RETRIEVAL TOOLHandtool1discardedunder LM Quad II
FUEL CAPSULE DOMEGraphite half sphere1discardedattached to DRT
FTT TOOLHandtool1discardedunder LM Quad II
???ALSEP deploymentALSEP site NW of LM
SIDE/CCIG BOYD BOLTSFastener w/ spring6?discarded?still fixed to subpallet?
PKG 2 SUBPALLETAluminum frame1left on the surface?ALSEP site NW of LM
SIDE/CCIG LEFT FRONT GUIDEAluminum plaque1discarded?ALSEP site NW of LM
SIDE/CCIG LANYARDStrap1discarded?ALSEP site NW of LM
SIDE/CCIG LEG RELEASE PULL PINPin1discarded?attached to SIDE/CCIG lanyard?
SIDE/CCIG DUST COVER SAFETY PINPin1discarded?attached to SIDE/CCIG lanyard?
SIDE/CCIG CABLE CRADLE PULL PINPin1discarded?ALSEP site NW of LM
SIDE/CCIG CONNECTOR DUST COVERDust cover1discardedALSEP site NW of LM
CENTRAL STATION CONNECTOR DUST COVERDust cover1discardedALSEP site NW of LM
RTG CABLE REEL BOYD BOLTSFastener w/ spring3?discarded?still fixed to RTG?
RTG CABLE AND REELCable1left on the surfaceconnected to RTG
RTG (RADIOISOTOPIC THERMOELECTRIC GENERATOR)Scientific instrument1left on the surfaceALSEP site NW of LM
SHORTING SWITCH PULL PINPin1discardedALSEP site NW of LM
SHORTING SWITCH ASSY COVERDust cover1discardedALSEP site NW of LM
???PSE deploymentALSEP site NW of LM
PSE LEVELLING STOOL PULL PINPin1discardedALSEP site NW of LM
PSE STOOLAluminum frame1left on the surfaceunder PSE
PSE BOYD BOLTSFastener w/ spring4?discarded?still fixed to PSE?
PSE GIRDLE PIP PINPin1discardedALSEP site NW of LM
PSE GIRDLEDust cover1discardedALSEP site NW of LM
PSE CABLE AND REELCable1left on the surfaceconnected to PSE
PSE (PASSIVE SISMIC EXPERIMENT)Scientific instrument1left on the surfaceALSEP site NW of LM
???SWS deploymentALSEP site NW of LM
SWS BOYD BOLTSFastener w/ spring4?discarded? or still fixed to SWS?next to SWS
SWS LEG RELEASE PULL PINSPin?discarded?ALSEP site NW of LM
SWS CABLE AND REELCable1left on the surfaceconnected to SWS
SWS (SOLAR WIND SPECTROMETER)Scientific instrument1left on the surfaceALSEP site NW of LM
???LSM deploymentALSEP site NW of LM
LSM BOYD BOLTSFastener w/ spring2?discarded?still fixed to LSM?
LSM TIE DOWNStrap1discardedALSEP site NW of LM
LSM UPPER SUPPORT BRACKETBracket1discardedALSEP site NW of LM
LSM LOWER HALF OF UPPER SUPPORT BRACKETBracket1discardedALSEP site NW of LM
LSM FOAM COLLAR PACKINGFoam block1thrown away by LMP, probably blew up, scatteredALSEP site NW of LM
LSM FOAM COLLAR PACKINGFoam block1thrown away by LMP, probably blew up, scatteredALSEP site NW of LM
LSM SENSOR ARMS RELEASE PULL PINSPin?discarded?ALSEP site NW of LM
LSM PRA COVER LANYARDStrap1discarded?still attached to LSM PRA?
LSM PRA COVERDust cover1discardedALSEP site NW of LM
LSM DUST COVERSDust cover4?discardedALSEP site NW of LM
LSM CABLE AND REELCable1left on the surfaceconnected to LMS
LSM (LUNAR SURFACE MAGNETOMETER)Scientific instrument1left on the surfaceALSEP site NW of LM
???C/S deploymentALSEP site NW of LM
CENTRAL STATION BOYD BOLTS (SUNSHIELD, BACK, PERIMETER & CENTER)Fastener w/ spring16?discarded?ALSEP site NW of LM
CENTRAL STATION CONNECTORS HOUSINGSDust cap?discardedALSEP site NW of LM
CENTRAL STATION ANTENNA CABLE RESTRAINTStrap1discarded?ALSEP site NW of LM
CENTRAL STATION SUNSHIELD CURTAIN COVERSDust cover?discardedALSEP site NW of LM
CENTRAL STATION ANTENNA MECHANISM HOUSING BOYD BOLTSFastener w/ spring?discarded?ALSEP site NW of LM
CENTRAL STATION ANTENNA MECHANISM HOUSING COVERDust cover?discardedALSEP site NW of LM
CENTRAL STATION ANTENNA MECHANISM HOUSINGDust cover?discardedALSEP site NW of LM
CENTRAL STATIONScientific instrument1left on the surfaceALSEP site NW of LM
???SIDE/CCIG deploymentALSEP site NW of LM
SIDE GROUND SCREENAluminum grid1left on the surfaceunder SIDE
SIDE GROUND SCREEN TUBEDust cover1discarded?ALSEP site NW of LM
SIDE DUST COVER ASSEMBLYDust cover1discardedALSEP site NW of LM
CCIG DUST COVER DEUTSCH FASTENERPin1discarded?ALSEP site NW of LM
UHT (UNIVERSAL HAND TOOL)Handtool1discardedALSEP site NW of LM
SIDE CABLE AND REELCable1left on the surfaceALSEP site NW of LM
SIDE (SUPRATHERMAL ION DETECTOR EXPERIMENT)Scientific instrument1left on the surfaceALSEP site NW of LM
CCIG CABLECable1left on the surfaceALSEP site NW of LM
CCIG (COLD CARTRIDGE ION GAUGE)Scientific instrument1left on the surfaceconnected to SIDE
UHT (UNIVERSAL HAND TOOL)Handtool1discardedALSEP site NW of LM
TEFLON FILM PARTSCloth?discarded?MESA
SRC PACKING MATERIAL (YORK MESH)Wrapping?discarded?MESA?
SRC BETA CLOTH SKIRTDust cover1discarded?MESA?
SRC TEFLON SPACERSeal1discarded?MESA?
ALSCC ISOLATOR LATCH PINPin1discarded?MESA?
JETTISON BAGBag1jettisonedunder LM Quad I?
ISA (INTERIM STOWAGE ASSEMBLY)Bag1?jettisonedinside jettison bag
LMP OPS PALLETBracket1jettisonedinside jettison bag
CDR OPS PALLETBracket1jettisonedinside jettison bag
ARMRESTS (CDR LH + LMP BOTH)Bracket3jettisonedinside jettison bag
DEBRIS?Little cabin debris?vented outside when opening the hatchnext to LM ladder strut
JETTISON BAGBag1jettisonedunder LM Quad I?
HAMMOCKSCloth sheet2jettisonedinside jettison bag
SLEEP RESTRAINSStrap2jettisonedinside jettison bag
PLSS CONDENSATE CONTAINERAluminum can1jettisonedinside jettison bag
ECS LIOH CANISTERAluminum can1jettisonedinside jettison bag
PRIMARY LIOH ECS CARTRIDGEAluminum can1jettisonedinside ECS LIOH canister
LHSSC (LEFT HAND SIDE STOWAGE COMPARTMENT) FORWARD SECTIONBag1jettisonedunder LM Quad I?
PLSS BATTERIESBattery2jettisonedinside LHSSC
PLSS LIOH CANISTERSAluminum can2jettisonedinside LHSSC
PLSS LIOH CARTRIDGESAluminum can2jettisonedinside LIOH canisters
FOOD WRAPPINGWrapping?jettisonedinside LHSSC
URINE BAGS (UCTA's?)Bag?jettisonedinside LHSSC
TEFLON FILM PARTSCloth?fell on the surfaceMESA?
SURVEYOR PARTS BAG RETAINING BAR PIP PINPin1discarded?MESA?
SURVEYOR PARTS BAG RETAINING BARAluminum rod1left on the MESAMESA
SURVEYOR CUTTING TOOL PIP PINSPin2left on the MESAMESA
SURVEYOR CUTTING TOOL HANDLE RETAINING CLIPPin1left on the MESAMESA
SURVEYOR PARTS BAG SNAP STRAPSStrap?discarded?MESA?
CONTRAST/COLOR CHART #2Aluminum plaque1dropped on the surfaceNE of LM, in a crater
CONTRAST/COLOR CHART #3Aluminum plaque1dropped on the surfaceNE of LM, in a crater
SAMPLE BAG #2DEmpty sample bag1probably lost when retrieving sample bag #1D or #3DN of Head crater
POLARIZING FILTERCamera filter1discardedN of Head crater
SESC TEFLON SEAL PROTECTORSeal1discardedE of Sharp crater
SESC HANDLEAluminum rod1discarded?E of Sharp crater
CORE TUBE #2 BITAluminum cap1discardedE of Sharp crater
GASC SEAL PROTECTORSeal1discarded?E of Sharp crater
GASC HANDLEAluminum rod1discarded?E of Sharp crater
LOWER CORE TUBE #3 PIP PINPin1discarded on the surfaceS of Halo crater
LOWER CORE TUBE #3 CAPAluminum cap1discarded on the surfaceS of Halo crater
UPPER CORE TUBE #1 BITAluminum cap1discarded on the surfaceS of Halo crater
HAMMER COATING FRAGMENTSAluminum chips?broke off when hitting core tubeS of Halo crater
LMP HEDC HANDLE ASSEMBLY THUMBWHEELCamera handle part1broke and fell on the surfaceS of Halo crater
RCU CAMERA BRACKETBracket1fell on the surface, discarded or later at 134:03:54 with handle assyS of Halo crater
SAMPLE BAG #13DFull sample bag1probably fell on the surface while looking for auto-timerSE of Surveyor III
LMP HEDC HANDLE ASSEMBLY TRIGGERCamera handle part1discardedSE of Surveyor III
LMP HEDC HANDLE ASSEMBLY HANDLECamera handle1discardedSE of Surveyor III
FRACTURED GLASS SEGMENTSGlass?broke at touchdown?Surveyor III instrument box
SESC TEFLON SEAL PROTECTORSeal1discardedE of Surveyor III, between foot pads #1 and #2
SESC HANDLEAluminum rod1discarded?E of Surveyor III, between foot pads #1 and #2
WARPED GLASS SEGMENTSGlass?fell on the surface?Surveyor III box A
SURVEYOR CAMERA BOLTSAluminum parts?fell on the surface?E of Surveyor III
SURVEYOR CUTTING TOOLHandtool1discardedE of Surveyor III
LMP HEDC (HASSELBLAD ELECTRIC DATA CAMERA)Camera1discarded, empty of film magazinebetween Surveyor III and LM
60MM CAMERA LENSLens1discardedfixed to the HEDC
SADDLEBAGBag1discardedLM ladder strut
COLOR FILM MAGAZINEFilm cassette1forgotten on the surfaceinside saddle bag?
HEDC CAMERA AUTO TIMERCamera timer1thrown away by LMPN of LM
ASTRONAUT CLIFTON WILLIAMS SILVER ASTRONAUT PINCommemorative item1left on the surface by LMP?next to LM?
ASTRONAUT CLIFTON WILLIAMS NAVAL AVIATOR WINGSCommemorative item1left on the surface by LMP?next to LM?
SRC PACKING MATERIAL (YORK MESH)Wrapping?left on MESA?MESA?
SRC BETA CLOTH SKIRTDust cover1discarded?MESA?
SRC TEFLON SPACERSeal1discarded?MESA?
ALSCC SKIRT LANYARDSStrap2discardedattached to ALSCC dust cover
ALSCC CASSETTE COVERDust cover1discardedattached to ALSCC
ALSCC (APOLLO LUNAR SURFACE CLOSE-UP CAMERA)Camera1thrown away by LMPNW of LM
LEC (LUNAR EQUIPMENT CONVEYOR)Strap1discardednext to LM ladder pad
LUNAR MAPMap1fell on the surface at CDR ingress, discardednext to LM ladder pad
INSULATION BLANKETThermal blanket1kicked out of the front hatchnext to LM ladder pad
SPRING SCALEHandtool1left on MESAMESA
HTC (HAND TOOL CARRIER)Hand carrier1left on the surfacenext to MESA
EXTENSION HANDLEGeology tool1left on HTC?HTC?
SMALL SCOOPGeology tool1left on HTC?HTC?
GNOMONGeology tool1left on HTC?HTC?
TONGSGeology tool1left on HTC?HTC?
DIXIE CUP DISPENSERAluminum can1left on HTC?HTC?
SAMPLE BAGSEmpty sample bags?discarded?attached to cup dispenser
FLAT SAMPLE BAGS DISPENSERAluminum plaque1left on HTC?HTC?
SAMPLE BAGSEmpty sample bags?discarded?attached to bag dispenser
30 FT SAFETY LINE (10 METERS)Strap1left on HTC?HTC?
FILM MAGAZINE DARK SLIDES?Aluminum plaque?left on HTC?HTC?
CORE TUBE CAPS ASSEMBLYAluminum plaque1left on HTC?HTC?
CORE TUBE CAPSAluminum cap?discarded?attached to caps assembly
BRUSH SCRIBER WITH LENSHandtool1discarded?next to LM ladder pad?
DEBRIS?Little cabin debris?vented outside when opening the hatchnext to LM ladder strut
CDR PLSS (PORTABLE LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM)Back pack1jettisonednext to LM ladder pad
LMP PLSS (PORTABLE LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM)Back pack1jettisonednext to LM ladder pad
JETTISON BAGBag1jettisonednext to LM ladder pad
CDR LUNAR OVERSHOESBoots2jettisonedinside jettison bag
LMP LUNAR OVERSHOESBoots2jettisonedinside jettison bag
ETB (EQUIPMENT TRANSFERT BAG)Bag1jettisonedinside jettison bag
CDR HEDC (HASSELBLAD ELECTRIC DATA CAMERA)Camera1jettisonedinside jettison bag
HEDC RCU BRACKETBracket1jettisonedfixed on HEDC camera
HEDC HANDLECamera handle1jettisonedfixed on HEDC camera
HEDC 60MM LENSLens1jettisonedfixed on HEDC camera
PLSS FEEDWATER COLLECTION BAGSBag2?jettisonedinside jettison bag
SPRING SCALEHandtool1jettisonedinside jettison bag
ARMREST (CDR RH)Bracket3jettisonedinside jettison bag
LHSSC (LEFT HAND SIDE STOWAGE COMPARTMENT) FORWARD SECTIONBag1jettisonednext to LM ladder pad
YO YOStrap2?jettisonedinside LHSSC
RT ANGLE BRACKETBracket2?jettisonedinside LHSSC
REMOTE CONTROL CABLECable2?jettisonedinside LHSSC
CDR RCU (REMOTE CONTROL UNIT)Chest pack1jettisonedinside LHSSC
LMP RCU (REMOTE CONTROL UNIT)Chest pack1jettisonedinside LHSSC
DEFECATION COLLECTION DEVICESBag?jettisonedinside LHSSC
FOOD WRAPPINGBag?jettisonedinside LHSSC
UCTA (URINE COLLECTION AND TRANSFERT ASSEMBLIES)Bag?jettisonedinside LHSSC
DEBRIS?Kapton, Mylar and Inconel debris??blown off at LM ascent?LM landing site
MESA BLANKETSThermal blanket?blown off at LM ascent?LM landing site
PORCH PLATEAluminum platform1blown off at LM ascent?LM landing site
RCS DEFLECTOR PLATES AND STRUTSAluminum rod4blown off at LM ascent?LM landing site