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Lost Apollo 11 Moon Dust Discovered After 40 Years in California Lab

Vials of Moon dust which were gathered by Apollo 11 lunar mission were found after almost 40 years in the lab warehouse of California in April 2013.

May 28, 2013 11:57 IST
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In a rare kind of discovery, various priceless vials of Moon dust which were gathered by one and only Apollo 11 by the late Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin were found after almost 40 years in the lab warehouse of California.

Vials of the Moon Dust brought on Earth by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were discovered in the month of April 2013 by an archivist, Karen Nelson in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California.

Apollo 11 returned from the historic flight in the year 1969. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin collected the lunar soil and brought to Earth, which was sent to around 150 laboratories across the world. One of these labs was Space Sciences Laboratory in Latimer Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.

But, after experiments were done and publications of the papers, the lunar soil samples should have been sent to NASA but they were found in storage for over four decades.
Karen Nelson discovered these samples of Moon Dust with handwritten labels which dated back to 24 July 1970.

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