In this image from 1969, Life Detection Systems branch chief Vance Oyama operates a specially designed soil distribution system, used for dispersing the lunar soil in equal amounts to thousands of petri dishes as part of the lunar biological experiments performed at NASA’s Ames Research Center.

Oyama had a long career at NASA and also helped to design experiments for the Viking Mars Landers.

This is one of a series of photos from 1969 that shows researchers at NASA’s Ames Research Center examining samples of Moon rocks and soil and that astronauts brought back from the Apollo 11 mission. The researchers are looking for signs of life endemic to the Moon, as well as organic compounds that are the basic building blocks of life. Of course, no lunar life was found in these samples, and we now know that the Moon does not harbor life. Nevertheless, these tests became the first time that NASA looked for the possibility of life existing on another world using samples from that world.

Learn more about the Lunar Biological Lab at NASA Ames.


Image Credit: NASA/Zabower

在这张1969年拍摄的照片中,生命探测系统部门主管Vance Oyama操作了一种特殊设计的土壤分配系统,该系统用于将月球土壤均匀地分散到数千个培养皿中,这是NASA艾姆斯研究中心(Ames Research Center)进行的月球生物实验的一部分。






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