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NASA finally opened 50-year-old Apollo moon rock sample as agency eyes human return to lunar surface

NASA scientists have unsealed an extraterrestrial time capsule 50 years after astronauts collected the rock and dust from the moon and sealed it away before returning to Earth.

The precious sample from Apollo 17 is one of the last pristine remaining bits of the moon. NASA scientists cracked the seal in a slow process executed on March 21 and 22. The move came on the eve of NASA’s first uncrewed launch of the Artemis program to return humans to the moon; Artemis 1 is scheduled to launch no earlier than May.

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