Found lunar soil samples collected during the first landing on the moon


22/05/2013

"Apollo 11" - world-famous space mission, during which humans have visited for the first time in the history of the surface of Earth’s natural satellite - the Moon, taking with him a few samples of the lunar soil. Duration prominent in the history of the U.S. space flight was 8 days - from 16 to 24 July 1969.

The participants of the mission, "Apollo 11" were the three astronauts Neil Armstrong (crew commander), Edwin Aldrin (pilot) and Michael Collins (command module pilot). The lunar module spacecraft landed in the south-western region of the Sea of Tranquility. At the time, both Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin were in 21 hours 36 minutes and 21 seconds on the lunar surface, the pilot Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit, where he expected his colleagues.

In the place of landing astronauts on the U.S. flag was set. By placing a set of scientific instruments, they collected 21.55 kg of lunar soil samples that were later brought back to Earth for study. All members of the crew, as well as samples of lunar rocks after the flight went through a rigorous quarantine, but no lunar micro-organisms have been identified.

It is curious that collected in the performance of the mission "Apollo 11" lunar soil samples, a month ago have been found in the archives of Berkeley National Laboratory. But the most interesting thing is that no one knows how they got there. They have been kept in some museum, not gather dust in a forgotten archive.


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