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Researchers To Study 50-Year-Old Lunar Rocks

Researchers are eager to reveal some of the cosmos’s mysteries through lunar rocks which are 50 years old. For decades NASA has preserved the lunar dust and chunks in the airtight canisters. These samples were taken during the NASA’s Apollo missions and from then none has been made visible to Earth’s atmosphere.

A sample collected by Apollo 18 in 1972 has accumulated vacuum-sealed lunar core which weighs around 1.8 pounds and it is a stratified layer of rock. Six research teams will be studying the samples. In the past six missions, almost 842 pounds of lunar soil and rocks have been carried back to our planet. While the great deal is that it has found its place to science labs and technological advances should let it for an additionally detailed understanding of the moon’s chemical and geological composition. According to Kate Burgess, a Naval Research Laboratory scientist, this is a great opportunity for NASA to reveal these new samples available for research. In sample analysis, there have been huge advances in the techniques and instrumentation that are used in the analysis of such samples and now we can rely on the data provided which is far superior when compared to what we get 10 or 15 years back.

NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine has made an announcement during a speech regarding the White House’s proposed 2020 budget that NASA would reveal three samples of the moon rock to nine different American research institutes. In these nine institutes, the samples will go through their first laboratory analysis and study. Bridenstine added that when Apollo happened, the technology that they had at that time was not what we have right now and that’s why it was decided to preserve these samples. Bridenstine thanked the Apollo generation, for keeping these samples for this generation so that they can study it in detail.

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