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NASA is opening up a sample taken from the Moon 50 years ago

NASA is opening up a sample taken from the Moon 50 years ago

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NASA has begun the arduous task of opening one of the last samples in existence from the Apollo 17 mission, collected nearly 50 years ago by astronauts.

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For half a century, the agency kept some tubes vacuum-sealed so that they could be studied years later using the latest technological breakthroughs

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A desolate landscape, where dust and hue move in an alien-like fashion — our only natural satellite, the Moon, has fascinated humankind for eons.

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Scarred by tranquil seas of hardened lava and impact craters, some of which were formed over 3.8 billion years ago in the solar system’s early history,

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Without an atmosphere to cause erosion and alter its landscape, the lunar surface remains frozen in time, leaving a record of a newly-formed universe accessible.

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When astronauts first dated the lunar surface and, coated with a thick layer of ‘moon dust’ known as regolith, the results were mind-shattering.

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