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Why Scientists Are Intrigued by Air in NASA’s Mars Sample Tubes

Air Found In Mars

Tucked away with each rock and soil sample collected by the NASA’s Perseverance rover is a potential boon for atmospheric scientists.

“The gas samples have a lot to offer Mars scientists,”  said Justin Simon a geochemist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston

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Mars Geography is very hostile


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Apollo’s Air Samples

“People think of the Moon as airless, but it has a very tenuous atmosphere that interacts with the lunar surface rocks over time,” said Simon, who studies a variety of planetary samples at Johnson. “That includes noble gases leaking out of the Moon’s interior and collecting at the lunar surface.”

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