NASA opens to the investigation the lunar samples collected in the Apollo missions

Between 1969 and 1972, the Apollo program managed to reach the lunar surface six times in manned missions. During these trips the satellite was explored and several lunar samples were obtained. In total there were 382 kilos of rock brought from the Moon.

Until now this entire arsenal for research was in the hands of NASA and with access banned. However, in the year that marks the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Amstrong and Aldrin to the Moon, the space organization has decided to open this treasure to other researchers.

From now on, geologists and other specialists will be able to study the lunar samples that were collected and that have remained stored until half a century. And is that today NASA believes that there are technological means advanced enough to obtain much more information.

Some of these samples have been preserved in a lunar environment, with the right conditions. Others have been kept empty or others have been investigated from the earth’s environment. Throughout these years important data have been obtained from these lunar samples. But the time has come for new people in the investigation.

An opportunity to know

NASA admits that they are still learning from lunar samples today. Not only on the Moon but also on the Solar System and its planets. Exploring the rocks of the Moon, the age of the surfaces of Mars and Mercury has been known. It has also been concluded that Jupiter and the other large planets were initially closer to the Sun.

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This knowledge comes from more than 100,000 samples of moon rock. Surely among all of them they contain interesting details that are now ready to be revealed. As with the mystery of some samples they brought from Apollo 12, where there was organic matter. It was about land pollution. Even the impacts of asteroids and meteorites could have contributed to this matter.

But this could only be verified decades after observing it. Hence, it is so important to open these lunar samples to other researchers. More at a time when NASA has set out to return to the Moon at a date as close as 2024.

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