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Ehrenfreund, P ; Brack, A

A Moon-based laboratory for extraterrestrial sample analysis

Advances in Space Research 14 (6) 205-214

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Abstract :

If organic molecules were safely delivered to the early Moon, they may still be present beneath the currently gardened lunar regolith at a depth of 10 m or more. A Moon based laboratory would be helpful to search for organic matter below the surface layers since the problem of terrestrial contamination, which has been a major concern in the past analysis of returned lunar samples, will be overcome. The moon provides also a sterile platform for collection and analysis of individual cosmic dust particles assuming special devices to slowly decelerate the particles allowing a nondestructive capture.