HomeSpace NewsNASA scientists start studying 50-year-old frozen Apollo 17 moon samples

NASA scientists start studying 50-year-old frozen Apollo 17 moon samples

A frozen moon rock from Apollo 17 while it’s being processed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. (Image credit: NASA/Robert Markowitz)

NASA scientists have started to study 50-year-old samples of the moon’s surface that were collected during the agency’s final crewed moon landing mission, Apollo 17. 

In March of this year, scientists at NASA cracked open a lunar sample collected during Apollo 17 and stored in 1972. The sample had sat in a freezer for decades at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston but recently made its way to the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Facility in Maryland, where researchers have begun to examine it. NASA aims for this work to support future lunar sample studies that take place with its new crewed lunar landing program, known as Artemis. 

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