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[i]Soon after its collection, the sample was sealed inside a vacuum-tight container while Cernan was still on the moon. Upon the canister's arrival to Earth, it was placed inside another vacuum chamber where it sat untouched for nearly 50 years. The sample, known as the 73001 Apollo sample container, is now set to be opened by researchers using a device designed by the European Space Agency (ESA). The effort is the first time the ESA will examine samples returned from the moon.[/i]
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