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The pristine samples were kept in storage for a reason. "Returned samples are an investment in the future. These samples were deliberately saved so we can take advantage of today's more advanced and sophisticated technology to answer questions we didn't know we needed to ask," Lori Glaze, acting director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, said in a statement.
Apollo 16, April 1972, Vintage gelatin silver print
originally posted by: LookingAtMars
a reply to: Mandroid7
NP, I didn't take it like that.
First they have to do a study to figure out the best way to study the rocks without contaminating them.
Then they will have teams of researchers and labs to pay for. They will need the latest high tech labs and equipment.
The rocks are almost 50 years old and are priceless. It is a lot of money (to you and me) but if we are going back to the moon we need to get as much info as possible from these rocks.