FLOWN Apollo 15 A8 [Aft 8] Command Module Equipment Stowage Locker. Approx. 35 in. tall, 23 in. wide, and varies between 2 and 10 in. thick. Stamped with part number V36-787108-101 and serial number 06362-AA, with additional inspection identification and component part stamps.
RARE, CUSTOM-FITTED PIECE OF THE APOLLO 15 SPACECRAFT.
The A8 locker has a single large door with dual hinges permitting access to the forward half of the locker when opened initially. The door can then be pivoted on the second set of hinges to allow full access to the locker. The locker has two large decals that identify all equipment that is either mounted next to it or contained inside. The larger decal has a long list equipment stowed inside including the astronaut's constant wear garments, exerciser, communications headsets, EMU (space suit) maintenance kit, snag line, tool set, space suit oxygen interconnect coupling, 70 mm. magazine (for Hasselblad cameras), 16 mm. mag (for Maurer movie camera), 35 mm. camera adapter, as well as 12 other pieces of equipment. The smaller decal lists items including the camera unipod, MDC guards, and a vacuum brush for the on-board vacuum cleaner. These items were mounted next to the A-8 locker.
The interior of the locker has several dual button snap plates that allow equipment retaining straps to be mounted inside the locker. One actual strap remains inside and measures approximately 1 in. wide x 10 in. long. It is stamped with part number V36-708902-31. There are also several white buffer stops with individually stamped part numbers at strategic locations to protect equipment.
Interior space utilization inside the Command Module was of the utmost importance on Apollo missions. There were a limited number of areas to store equipment. The largest area available was just below the crew couches known as the aft bulkhead. Since the Command Module aft bulkhead was curved to allow a successful re-entry into the earth's atmosphere, all lockers had to be individually shape to follow the contour of the bulkhead. The base of this A-8 locker was precisely measured to follow this contour to maximize the limited cubic volume inside the spacecraft.
The locker accomplished the need to have equipment stowed properly for various phases of Apollo 15 mission. Launch and landing phases required that equipment be stored securely. In weightless flight, equipment would easily float off and become difficult to find if not properly stowed. [With:] Original yellow NAA Temporary Parts Removal Tag, copies of NASA records made after removal, and a diagram showing the locker location as mounted on the aft bulkhead. The Smithsonian Institution has the often exercised right of first refusal on all pieces flown in the U.S. space program, further adding to the rarity of this locker. (4)