So...over the course of 40 years, they lose 2% of samples and the recommendation is to spend large amounts of money on additional procedures? I suspect it will be significantly cheaper to ensure we return to the Moon somewhere in the next 1,000 years and replenish (1,000 years would see 50% loss at current rates).
Butter-fingered admin work at NASA HQ has meant that hundreds of moon rocks, meteorites and cosmic dust samples have gone missing since the 1980s. A 4bn year old meteorite, currently still in NASA's possession, credit NASA A 4bn year old meteorite, currently still in NASA's possession Poor back-office work was blamed for …
You're running out of something you mined. Do you:
a)Go and mine some more.
b)Impose restrictions on those wishing to use it for the purpose intended.
I suppose we can argue that this is a museum charged with protecting it's exhibits and NASA could do both things. Sadly I suspect it won't and will just opt for (b).
Actually it's even better than that. The total covers everything, not just moon bits, so we've probably got longer than 1,000 years before needing to go back for more.
The other stuff is easily replenished by going out and picking it up off whatever and whereever it fell onto.
We all know where they went...
Aperture science had to get tons of moon dust for their portal support medium.
Hardly. They just transformed into little brain-slug spiders and scuttled away to take over the world. :)
"a scientist kept a moon rock for 35 years without ever doing any research on it"
He should have just submitted a paper on "The efficacy of lunar rocks in preventing the unwanted dispersion of piles of paper left next to desktop fans"
HOW CAN THEY BE MISSING WHEN WE DIDNT EVEN GO THERE?????
NICE TRY NASA
The INTERNET was created by the government....so you offer me "proof" from the internet? See the problem with that?
They should send Google to get the pictures, they would be a lot better.
They can always send the SWAT team after 74 old women in restaurants -- seems like a good idea, doesn't it?
If they need new dust.....
They can have some of the bunnies under my bed!