image source: Apollo 17 from wikipedia
Nearly 50 years after it was collected, a lunar sample from the Apollo 17 mission has finally been opened
at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. It’s one of the last unopened samples
from the final Apollo mission to land humans on the moon.
50 years under vacuum and we finally get to see what treasures are held within,” said Thomas Zurbuchen,
associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, in a statement.
when they hammered 14-inch (36-centimeter) cylindrical drive tubes into a landslide deposit in the
Taurus-Littrow Valley. The two astronauts vacuum-sealed the tube while still on the lunar surface.
in a special cabinet at Johnson’s lunar laboratory, where it remained undisturbed until this week.
with a historical record of the moon’s geology.