NASA has picked nine teams to persist the science legacy of the Apollo assignments by investigating fragments of the Moon that have been cautiously stored an intact for almost 50 Years. A total of $8 Million has been granted to the teams. Thomas Zurbuchen—Associate Administrator at NASA’s SMD (Science Mission Directorate), Washington, D.C.—stated, “By studying these valuable lunar samples for the very first time, the next generation of researchers will aid in understanding our lunar neighbor and plan for the next age of examination of the Moon and beyond. This exploration will take with it unique and new samples into the best laboratories right here on the Earth.”
Reportedly, 6 of the 9 teams would look into one of the 3 remaining lunar samples, from Apollo assignments 15, 16, and 17, which were never exposed to the Earth’s atmosphere. The specific sample these teams would study came to the Earth that was vacuum-sealed on the Moon by astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt, during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. The Apollo 17 sample consists about 1.8 Pounds (800 Grams) of material, still wrapped in a “drive tube” that was minced into the lunar regolith to gather a core of material. That core protects not just the rocks but also the stratigraphy from underneath the surface so that scientists presently can study the rock layers accurately as they existed on the Moon.
Recently, NASA was in news as the 2020 budget proposal is being targeted at SLS (Space Launch System) mega-rocket. The White House’s economic year 2020 budget request for NASA suggests delaying work on an updated version of the SLS and would shift some of that vehicle’s consignments to other rockets. The proposal—which was issued by the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) on March 11—suggests a total of $21 Billion for the space bureau, a decrease of $500 Million on what Congress allotted in the final economic year 2019 spending bill inked into law February 15.
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