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NASA researchers examine 50-year-old lunar samples.

NASA researchers examine 50-year-old lunar samples.

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Ahead of the Artemis missions that will send humans back to the moon, scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center received samples of the lunar surface

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The research is part of the space agency’s Apollo Next Generation Sample Analysis Program (ANGSA),

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which is an effort to study the samples returned from the Apollo Program in preparation for the Artemis missions to the Moon’s south pole.

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The process of getting the samples from Johnson to researchers at Goddard is not simple.

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It began over four years ago when NASA’s Julie Mitchell and her Artemis curation team at Johnson began designing and retrofitting a facility to process the samples.

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They employed a new technique that could be applied to future lunar missions.

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