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Fifty years ago, I was one of those impressionable young Americans who was inspired by the NASA Apollo program which allowed the first humans to walk on the moon and return lunar rock samples back to earth for scientific study. Recently, NASA decided to re-establish a human presence on the Moon with the Artemis program for the first time since the Apollo 17 moon mission ended in 1972. The long-term goal of Artemis is to establish a permanent base on the Moon to facilitate human missions to Mars.

This spring the paper, “Low-temperature thermal and physical properties of lunar meteorites,” appeared in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science. The paper reported the work of me, two members of the Vatican Observatory (Br. R. J. Macke, S.J. and Br. G. J. Consolmagno, S.J.), and two astronomers from the Universities of Florida and Washington (D. T. Britt and A. Irving, respectively), supported by a NASA research grant.

The focus of the paper was measurements of the fundamental thermal and physical properties of different types of lunar meteorites, comparing those results to the original data collected on the returned samples from the Apollo missions.
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