Lunar samples are a touchstone to understanding how our nearest neighbour formed and evolved. Advancements in laboratory instrumentation and techniques are providing new and more precise data on lunar materials that are challenging the Apollo-era paradigm of a ‘bone-dry Moon’. In preparation for future lunar missions anticipated in the 2020s and beyond NASA’s Apollo Next Generation Sample Analysis (ANGSA) program aims to use innovative analytical techniques to investigate special, never-before-studied Apollo samples. I will discuss the discovery of lunar water and its implications, and how the ANGSA program can help address unanswered questions about the Moon.
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