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Lunar Surface Drilling and Sample Collection
two astonauts operating a drill

In this artist's concept, two astronauts watch carefully as their drill bores down into the top layers of the lunar surface. Using this drill, the astronauts will be able to extract an intact core sample that will be used by Earth-based scientists to learn about the formation of the moon and solar system. As the two crewmembers wait for their sample, they use their unpressurized rover as a communication link to relay frequent status reports back to their base.

Image Credit: NASA

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