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ASU celebrates space exploration with Apollo 11 anniversary

A new ASU Now article documents how the Apollo 11 lunar landing continues to inspire scientists at ASU, as well as the role of Center Founding Director Carleton Moore in the analyses of the lunar samples returned to Earth by the Apollo missions.

While the first samples returned by the Apollo 11 mission were almost entirely analyzed in the Lunar Receiving Laboratory at the Manned Spacecraft Center (now known as Johnson Spaceflight Center), because the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies was the only facility with the analytical machinery in place for proven carbon analyses, Director Moore flew to Houston to pick up the Apollo 11 samples and hand carried them back to ASU for analysis.

Read the full ASU Now article, here!

Learn more about Director Moore's history-making Apollo analyses, here, here, and here!

Watch an archived interview with Professor Moore, here!

Moon in transit 1969
Center for Meteorite Studies Founding Director Carleton Moore and Everett Gibson transporting Apollo lunar samples to ASU. Photo: Jan Young.