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Space Samples Link NASA's Apollo 11 and Mars 2020

13 Aug 2019, 20:22 UTC
Space Samples Link NASA's Apollo 11 and Mars 2020 NASA/JPL-Caltech

On July 24, 1969, Apollo 11 command module Columbia splashed down in the Pacific, fulfilling President Kennedy's goal to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth. Among the mission's many firsts was the acquisition and return of the first samples from another celestial body. Findings based on the 47 pounds (21.5 kilograms) of lunar rock and soil rewrotethe textbooks on both the Moon and solar system, and the samples are still being studied today by researchers using new and more sensitive instruments.

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