NASA has selected nine teams, from NASA research institutes and US universities, to examine the samples who were each awarded an $8million (£6.1million) grant for their research.
Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, DC, said: “By studying these precious lunar samples for the first time, a new generation of scientists will help advance our understanding of our lunar neighbour and prepare for the next era of exploration of the Moon and beyond.
“This exploration will bring with it new and unique samples into the best labs right here on Earth.”
The samples were purposefully saved when they were returned from the moon during the peak of the space race with the USSR because NASA wanted to wait for more advanced technology to observe the lunar dust.
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