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Friday, February 7, 2020

February 7, 2020

"Single moon dust grain collected during Apollo 17 'preserves millions of years of history'"

Researchers from Chicago's Field Museum, Northwestern University, and Purdue University were granted access to Apollo 17 lunar soil samples. Using atom probe tomography, they found evidence of water, iron, helium and space weathering on the lunar surface.

Read the full article here to learn more about how atom probe tomography is driving scientific breakthroughs here on Earth and beyond!

"We can apply this technique to samples no one has studied," Philipp Heck, the study's co-author, a curator at the Field Museum and an associate professor at the University of Chicago said. "You're almost guaranteed to find something new or unexpected. This technique has such high sensitivity and resolution, you find things you wouldn't find otherwise and only use up a small bit of the sample."