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The restricted lab is home to hundreds of pounds of moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts close to a half-century ago. And for the first time in decades, NASA is about to open some of the pristine samples and let geologists take a crack at them with 21st-century technology.Zeigler's job is to preserve what the 12 moonwalkers brought back from 1969 through 1972 -- lunar samples totaling 382 kilograms -- and ensure scientists get the best possible samples for study.The lunar sample lab has two side-by-side vaults: one for rocks still in straight-from-the-moon condition and a smaller vault for samples previously loaned out for study.Of the six manned moon landings, Apollo 11 yielded the fewest lunar samples: 48 pounds, or 22 kilograms.Aldrin gathered two core samples just beneath the surface during the 2 1/2-hour moonwalk.Andrea Mosie, who's worked with the Apollo moon rocks for 44 years and was a high school intern at Johnson Space Center in July 1969, remembers the Polaroid photos and handwritten notes once accompanying each sample.The total Apollo inventory now exceeds 100,000 samples; Some of the original 2,200 were broken into smaller pieces for study.
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