In 1972, NASA astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt
introduced a tube into the soil of the
Moon, 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 "
Explain The NASA.
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.