Chemist Audrey Miyamoto preparing an Apollo lunar sample to analyze for amino acids at NASA’s Ames Research Center.

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.

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化学家奥黛丽·宫本在美国宇航局艾姆斯研究中心准备对阿波罗月球样本分析氨基酸。

这是1969年的一系列照片之一,展示了美国宇航局艾姆斯研究中心的研究人员检查月球岩石和土壤样本,以及宇航员从阿波罗11号任务中带回的样本。研究人员正在寻找月球特有的生命迹象,以及构成生命基本要素的有机化合物。当然,在这些样本中没有发现月球生命,而且我们现在知道月球不存在生命。然而,这些测试成为NASA第一次使用来自另一个世界的样本来寻找生命存在的可能性。

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