Apollo 11 Moon Samples Rediscovered After 40 Years

Twenty vials of moon rock and lunar soil collected by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 moon landing mission in 1969 have been found in a warehouse at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

Berkeley Lab archivist Karen Nelson uncovered the moon dust—vials with handwritten labels and dated “24 July 1970”—recently while reviewing and clearing out artifacts from Berkeley Lab’s warehouse.

“They were vacuum sealed in a glass jar,” said Nelson, who has worked in …

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