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Gizmo Quiz

For 24 April 2004

     
7:02 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Here it is ... whatever it is!

[saltspring.gulfislands.com ]

7:15 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Is this used to make something?

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7:19 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Nope.
7:24 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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is it used to clean something?
7:25 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Nope.
7:31 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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is it in use today?
7:37 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ah darn. Good question :-)

It was last used about thirty years ago.
If news accounts are correct it may be used again in another thirty years.

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does it have a mirror on one of the sides?
7:45 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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was it used commercially, or was did it have a residential use?
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No mirror.
7:47 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Neither commercial or residential.
7:59 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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when folded, does it fit into something else?
8:03 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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No knowledge of a case.
8:05 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Is there only one of them, or was it mass produced?
8:10 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Exact number unknown but definitely not mass produced.

I am guessing but definitely less than a dozen and it might possibly be unique.

8:24 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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anything lunar?
8:34 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The Gizmo is terran.
It has been on several lunar excursions though.
8:50 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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very good gismo!

is it used to measure something?
dust, for example?

edit: typo

8:53 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Measures - nothing.

Dust - depends ;-)

8:57 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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was this gismo used by the astronauts to collect moon dust?
9:03 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I am not sure how exact the "winning" gizmo answer has to be ("senior" types can wade in) but in generic terms globay is correct.

If the consensus is that the answer is good enough I will give link, etc. If not, try a little harder!

9:07 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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could
this
[images.google.de] be part of it:

[edited by: globay at 9:09 pm (utc) on April 24, 2004]

9:08 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Is this it?

Soil Mechanics Experiment
[history.nasa.gov...]

Scroll all the way down...
FIGURE 54.-Self-recording penetrometer.
The mechanical properties of the lunar soil are important for both engineering and scientific reasons...

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9:19 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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So the Quiz continues.

globay - that's moon dust but not the Gizmo!

bunltd - an enormous list of lunar tools but not the Gizmo! (it ain't any on that page)

9:20 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Lunar Surface Sampler:
[nasm.si.edu...]
9:27 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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good picture here:
[hq.nasa.gov...]
9:29 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Here is the original picture:
[hq.nasa.gov...]

Edit: Name: Contact Soil Sampling Device

9:33 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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globay found a better pic than I did - good work.


Figure 1: Contact Soil Sampling Device (89k)
Top left: CSSD open in the sampling position. Top right: Device closed for stowage after sampling. Bottom left: Device open showing Beta cloth sampler. Bottom right: Device open showing Velvet cloth sampler. NASA photo S72-43792.

[hq.nasa.gov ]

bunltd was so very close too ... actually thought you'd get there first.
So next week we get to stumble about trying to locate some obscure Gizmo courtesy of globay!

:-)

[edited by: iamlost at 9:42 pm (utc) on April 24, 2004]

9:38 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Great Job, globay!

I've been wading through NASA archives - and there is a lot of interesting stuff!

Thanks iamlost for a fun quiz...

iamlost asked:
WHO uses this gizmo?
WHAT is this gizmo?
WHERE is this gizmo used?
WHEN is this gizmo used?
WHY would anyone want this gizmo?
HOW can you find info on this gizmo?


;)Things I learned from the gizmo quiz today:
1. astronaut, 2. contact soil sampling device, 3. moon, 4. 1969 5. visit the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

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9:40 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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iamlost, thanks a lot for that great gizmo quiz.

This is the first time I have actually participated in a gizmo quiz, and I probably won't be close to any computer next weekend, so if there is anybody who would like to present the new gizmo, you are welcome to.

(I don't know the rules exactly, so if anybody could instruct me on what to do, that would be nice)