It was in the year 1972 that the Apollo 17 Lunar mission carried the astronauts to the moon. Well, it has been a long time since then, but NASA touched the history when it opened the moon rock sample collected back then, which had remained untouched since long.
The samples were opened last Tuesday, and NASA made the information public today. The samples were opened as part of the new initiative from NASA labelled Apollo Next-Generation Sample Analysis (ANGSA).
“Our scientific technologies have vastly improved in the past 50 years, and scientists have an opportunity to analyze these samples in ways not previously possible.” Claims Francis McCubbin, who is the astromaterials curator at NASA, when asked about the significance of opening the samples now.
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NASA plans to use the findings for studying the future moon landings like the upcoming Artemis and the man on the moon mission planned for 2024. Of course, most of the samples brought from the first man on moon mission in the past, but a few of them were carefully preserved to ensure that they can be thoroughly studied when the advanced technologies were made available.
NASA has been planning to make use of the research to prepare itself for the next phase of the moon mission.