NASA comes out of the fridge a lunar rock sample from the Apollo 17 mission

NASA comes out of the fridge a lunar rock sample from the Apollo 17 mission

In 1972, NASA astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt
    introduced a tube into the soil of the

, to take samples of rock and soil that they brought back on
    Earth as part of the Apollo 17 mission. The US Space Agency has stored some samples of

Apollo missions
to be able to study them later, once the technology would have been
    progressed. And the time has come for some of these samples to enter
    in the heat of scientific news.

Researchers from the


opened sample 73002 Tuesday as part of the Apollo program
    Next-Generation Sample Analysis (ANGSA). This is the first of two
    Apollo 17 samples that the ANGSA will review. " The study of these samples
    unopened could allow scientists to better understand
    the origin of lunar polar ice deposits, as well as other
    potential resources for future exploration


The space agency shared an image showing a microtomography scan
    X-ray of the 73002 sample made in 2019 compared to a scan of
    1974. The clarity of the 2019 version shows just how much technology
    imaging has progressed.

" Analysis of these samples will maximize scientific performance
    of Apollo and will enable a new generation of scientists and
    curators to refine their techniques and help prepare the future
    explorers to lunar missions planned for the 2020s and beyond
Said Sarah Noble, an ANGSA scientist.

NASA hopes to enrich its stock of lunar samples with its
    Artemis program. The space agency plans to send humans back to the
    surface the Moon by 2024.




Image: Nasa