Science and Nature : NASA to Study Untouched Rock and Soil Sample of Moon as Part of Apollo’s Final Mission – News18
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Science and Nature : The sample was collected on the Moon by Apollo 17 astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt, who drove a 4-cm-wide tube into the surface of the Moon to collect it.
Updated:November 8, 2019, 11:16 AM IST
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As NASA plans to return humans to the Moon in 2024, scientists opened an untouched rock and soil sample from the Moon returned to Earth as part of the US space agency’s final mission of the Apollo programme.
The sample, opened on Tuesday, was collected on the Moon by Apollo 17 astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt, who drove a 4-cm-wide tube into the surface of the Moon to collect it and another sample scheduled to be opened in January 2020, NASA said in a statement on Wednesday.
This marks the first time in more than 40 years that a pristine sample of rock and regolith from the Apollo era has been opened.
The sample was opened as part of NASA’s Apollo Next-Ge