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After the announcement of the nine teams that have been granted the opportunity to have a look at the rock samples from the Moon collected almost 50 years ago, back in March, NASA is finally ready for the opening of the vault.
The locked safe was located at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, texas, and the government’s space agency, is to allow the teams to examine, with the help of the 21st century.
“It’s kind of a coincidence that we opened in the year of the jubilee”, NASA’s Apollo sample curator, Ryan Zeigler, told the Associated Press while wearing a white protective clothing, with matching cloth, the boots, gloves or mittens, and a hat.
The “Genesis Rock,” a 4.4 billion-year-old anorthosite-sample of approximately 2 inches in length, it is brought back by the Apollo 15 and will be used for the purpose of determining the moon was formed by a giant impact and is in use in a pressurized, nitrogen-filled examination of the case, in the moon lab at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Monday, June 17, 2019, in Houston, texas. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
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“The birthday party increases the awareness of the fact that we’re going to go back to the Moon,” Zeigler added.
From 1969 to 1972, 12 astronauts brought back lunar samples, weighing a total of 842 pounds. Some of the stones and the soil, the samples were vacuum-packed at the Moon, and have not been exposed to the atmosphere of the Earth. Some of them were frozen and stored in liquid oxygen and liquid helium, and after Apollo 11 splashed down, and it remained untouched.
Zeigler noted that, as a result of the technological advances of the past 50 years, the space agency’s smart to wait until the analysis of the lunar samples.
“We may have more to do with a milligram of it would be to do a gram, it used to be. So it is really a little planning and waiting for their turn,” he said.
In total, there are more than 100 000 samples from the Apollo equipment, with some of the original 2,200 will be divided into smaller sections for study.
Perhaps it is the irony of the Apollo 11 resulted in the least task samples with Aldrin and Armstrong and the collection of 48 samples. NASA wanted to minimise the risk of Aldrin, and Armstrong’s face it, they were the first people to walk on the Moon. The astronauts ‘ Extra-Vehicular Activity, or the amount of time they spent on the Moon’s surface, outside of the Eagle lander, it took me only 2 hours, 31 minutes and 40 seconds.
Collected during the Apollo 15, and the 3.5-billion-year-old is comparable to the basalt rocks, formed around the Hawaiian islands, shown in a pressurized, nitrogen-filled examination of the case, in the moon lab at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Monday, June 17, 2019, in Houston, texas. For the first time in decades, NASA is about to open up some of the pristine samples, and to allow geologists to take a crack at them with 21st-century technology. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Only 12 men, all Americans, have walked on the Moon.
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Of the nine teams that were selected for the study from the samples to the NASA Ames Research Center/Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at NASA-Ames, NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center, NASA Goddard, the University of Arizona, University of California, Berkeley, united states Naval Research Laboratory at the University of New Mexico, and Mount Holyoke College/Planetary Science Institute.
“By studying these valuable lunar samples for the first time, a new generation of scientists that will assist in our understanding of our lunar neighbor and to pave the way for the next era of exploration to the Moon and beyond,” Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said in April, in a statement. This study will bring a new and unique samples in laboratories here on Earth.”
In total, you will receive £ 8 million for the study of the lunar samples, and each team will receive varying amounts of samples. “All of the weight of a paper clip, and, in principle, very little goes wrong and you can’t even measure it,” Zeigler said.
Although only about 15 percent of the rocks collected on the Moon, which you’ve seen before, scientists can learn a great deal not only about the Moon, but the solar system as a whole. Ziegler said, scientists have determined the age of the surface of Mars, Mercury, and Jupiter, and the solar system’s other large planets were formed closer to the sun, and then later migrated to the outside.
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“Therefore, a sample return from outer space, is really powerful to learn about the entire solar system,” he added.
About 70 per cent of the gold is still present in the sample, a safe, a 15 per cent has been in storage at White Sands, New Mexico, and the rest of it was for research or display.
Collected during the Apollo 16 and one anorthosite sample is considered to be the oldest rock collected from the moon missions is shown in the moon lab at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Monday, June 17, 2019, in Houston, texas. Scientists also believe that the original crust of the moon, and only after it has cooled down. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
The Moon – 50 years later
The interest in the Moon has become a topic of discussion at the nation’s watercoolers, due to the approaching 50-year anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Auction houses around the world, selling anything and everything Moon-related brands, such as LEGO, along with the NASA collectible items, and with Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and Neil Armstrong’s song, Mark and Rick, have been in high demand.
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Earlier this month, Fox News spoke with Armstrong ” s sons, which are set out in detail what it was like to be at home, sitting in front of the TV, watching their dad walk on the Moon, along with the rest of the world.
“We had two tv’s in the house, so that the people around them, and in the living room, and some of it is in one of the bedrooms, I guess,” Mark, who was 6 at the time, it said. Friends, family, and neighbors, and they have all been in and out of. And, of course, we had a squawk box, as well, which I believe was set up in the bedroom at the time, so we were able to hear what is going to happen, more so than most.”
On July 20, 1969, the lunar module Eagle landed on the Sea of Tranquility, and Armstrong stepped into the pages of history when he became the first man on the Moon and spoke those iconic words, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Fox News’ James Rogers and the Associated Press contributed to this report.