Never-Before-Seen NASA Video Shows Scientists Test Apollo 11 Moon Rocks for Life in 1969

Space.com | 7/18/2019 | Samantha Mathewson
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Fifty years ago, NASA's Apollo 11 mission carried the first geologic samples from the moon back to Earth — and agency has finally released footage of researchers examining those lunar samples for signs of life.

The never-before-seen footage in the video above is from 1969, when biologists and chemists at NASA's Ames Research Center in California carefully analyzed samples of moon rocks and soil collected during the Apollo 11 mission. The researchers worked in a specially designed clean room, using the most sophisticated analytical techniques of the time, according to a statement from NASA.

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"We were really concerned about contaminating the samples with our own bacteria," Caye Johnson, a retired biologist from Ames who worked with the Apollo lunar samples, said in the statement. "We had to be careful that we didn’t introduce a microbe into the samples and then falsely say that we'd found life."

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Biologist Elaine Muñoz transfers an Apollo 11 lunar sample in the glove box in NASA Ames’s Lunar Biological Laboratory at the Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California in 1969.

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Biologist Caye Johnson prepares a vitamin mixture for petri dishes of the lunar biological sampling experiments at NASA’s Ames Research Center in 1969. Scientists there tested Apollo 11 moon rock samples for signs of life.

Biologist Elaine Muñoz transfers an Apollo 11 lunar sample in the glove box in NASA Ames’s Lunar Biological Laboratory at the Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California in 1969.

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Biologist Caye Johnson prepares a vitamin mixture for petri dishes of the lunar biological sampling experiments at...
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