American Space Agency scientists in Houston, who have been studying the lunar rocks brought back by the Apollo 14 mission, reported a surprise finding on Friday (19 February) -- some of the rocks look as though they have been freshly chipped from larger ones.
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SV Scientists examining rock through glass.
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TRANSCRIPT SEQ 4: SCIENTIST: "The thing that the man in the street who is not trained in this would see if he could look at these compared with (Apollo) 11 and 12 rocks, he would immediately notice that they are different. The colour is different -- they are much lighter in colour -- the textures are different, but more important, we find in the very, very fragmentary chemistry that's been done so far-- this is, after all, just the very beginning of the preliminary examination -- the chemistry does seem to be different to the point that florium, potassium and uranium are about ten times higher than they were in the 11 and 12 rocks, which has certain implications about the Moon. The reason that we went to Fra Mauro was hopefully to look at some of the original lunar crust which had been thrown out by a huge impact out of one of the large circular mare -- Mare Imbrium to the north -- and hoping that this would be a sample of some of the original lunar crust down to a depth of 60 miles or so."
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Background: American Space Agency scientists in Houston, who have been studying the lunar rocks brought back by the Apollo 14 mission, reported a surprise finding on Friday (19 February) -- some of the rocks look as though they have been freshly chipped from larger ones.
At the Lunar Receiving Laboratory in Houston on Friday, scientists noticed that unlike the smooth rocks brought back from two previous missions to the Moon's surface, those from Apollo 14 have sharp angles and facets that show no erosion.
One of the Houston scientists spoke to a reporter from the American National Broadcasting Company during a press conference.