NASA experts have discovered one of the two samples from the lunar soil. They were delivered to Earth within the mission “Apollo” in the 1970s.
Study of the samples takes place in the framework of the Apollo program Next Generation Sample Analysis (ANGSA). This involved nine research groups from different organizations.
As reported on the official website of NASA experts opened the first of the two intact capsules (this is the first sample of lunar soil, NASA’s open for more than 40 years).
NASA began to explore the lunar soil
What is known about the research? Using x-ray scans scientists have made a 3D image of the sample inside the capsule, which helped them to understand its structure and to figure out how to divide it between the different teams. Then the sample was removed from the capsule and divided into segments to explore its different layers.
It will help in the next missions to the moon. It is anticipated that studies of lunar soil samples will help scientists in understanding the moon, its resources – which is important to NASA’s program “Artemis” aimed at returning humans to the moon (first flight with disembarkation to the moon currently scheduled for 2024).
Capsule with a monthly soil
Why the capsule was opened right now? As noted, to start learning samples now, after about 50 years, decided, because now there are more sophisticated technical means, and the resulting information can play an important role for the planned missions.
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