Like a time capsule that was sealed for posterity, one of the last unopened Apollo-era lunar samples collected during Apollo 17 has been opened under the careful direction of lunar sample processors and curators in the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This precious and well-preserved sample will serve as a narrow window into the permanent geological record of Earth’s closest celestial neighbor – the Moon.

Watch NASA TV at 3 p.m. EDT for a new episode of NASA Science Live: We Just Opened a 50-Year-Old Moon Sample.

This image of Apollo 17 lunar core sample 73001 shows it being taken out of its drive tube at the Johnson Space Center in Houston for the first time since it was collected by Apollo astronauts in December 1972.

Image Credit: NASA/Robert Markowitz


就像为子孙后代密封的时间胶囊一样,在休斯顿NASA约翰逊航天中心天体材料研究与探索科学(ARES)部门的月球样品处理器和管理者的精心指导下,阿波罗17号期间收集的最后一批未开封的阿波罗时代月球样品之一已经打开。这一珍贵且保存完好的样本将成为了解地球最近的天体邻居——月球的永久地质记录的一个狭窄窗口。

美国东部时间下午3点,请收看NASA电视频道的新一期《NASA科学直播:我们刚刚打开了一个50年前的月球样本》。

这张阿波罗17号月球核心样本73001的照片显示,自1972年12月阿波罗号宇航员收集到该样本以来,该样本首次从休斯顿约翰逊航天中心的驱动管中取出。

图片来源:NASA/Robert Markowitz

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