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NASA opens one of the last samples of moon rock

It is one of the last still-sealed samples of moon rock. Since 1972, it is unaffected at NASA. Must open science teams with the best research ideas.

There are approximately 800 grams of stones and Sand. In December 1972, were excavated by the astronauts of Apollo 17, still on the moon is vacuum-Packed in a hermetically sealed capsule on the earth.

Michelle Thaller of NASA, Several of the Apollo, explains: "the samples were laid aside. Not opened, not looked at, so that you are in an original state, so that future scientists with better measuring instruments."

Three such samples, there are still, for almost 50 years, they are firmly locked in the NASA warehouse in Houston. A is now open. NASA chief Jim bride Stine explains the procedure: "We have nine Teams that are investigating nine unopened samples came from the moon." More precisely: - Six Teams will work with the new stones from the capsule. Three other samples, the already opened, but since then deep frozen.

20.07.1969 the American astronauts Edwin Aldrin and Neil Armstrong entered as the first humans to the moon.

search for the best research idea

NASA had made a tender. Each science team, every University, every company could apply. "The people should propose their ideas on how we, the pristine sample to open it, what kind of experiments you want to do in order to get information, when we open for the first Time," says Lori Glaze, Director of the Research Department of NASA.

an Experiment has been Selected, for example, with the organic Material, an amino acid precursor, is studied. Or in the Rock trapped noble gases, which are supposed to reveal something about the age of the stones. Another Team wants to know how the space weather, for example, by solar winds, the moon's surface has changed. The geological structure of the soil, remnants of volcanic eruptions.

New moon, new samples

bride stone says, to him, it was easy, one of the last samples. As soon astronauts to the moon to fly, so that there will be new Material. "As new samples are on the horizon. We will learn more about the moon than ever before."

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