ArticlesOrganic Chemistry

A Search for Viable Organisms in a Lunar Sample

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Science  30 Jan 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3918, pp. 773-775
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3918.773

Abstract

The hypothesis that the moon could harbor viable life forms was not verified on analysis of the first samnples from the Apollo 11 mission. Biological examnination of 50 grainis of the butlk fines confirmn the negative results obtained by the Manned Spacecraft Center quarantine teamyz. No viable life forms, including terrestrial contaminants, were found when the sample was tested in 300 separate environmtenits. Only colored illorganiic artifacts, resembling mnicrobial clonies, appeared aroun1cd some particles. Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston.