Rocks from moon landing were once analyzed at University of Kentucky


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WEHT) – Fifty years ago, the United States amazed the world by stepping foot on the moon, but did you know some of the rocks collected by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their way back to Kentucky?

Meteorologist Jason Lindsey traveled to Lexington to discover what happened to those rocks once they arrived.

Dr. Seven Yates is a chemistry and physics professor at the University of Kentucky. His colleague Dr. Bill Ehmann didn’t go to space, but a part of space came to him.

“He was one of the analysts of the first moon rocks,” Yates said.

His experience made him one of the best scientists to do the job.

Dr. Ehmann studied meteorites and he had a unique way of analyzing rocks.

“He used a method called neutron activation analysis, which induces a small amount of radioactivity, but it’s enough to determine what elements are present in those rocks and it doesn’t destroy them so they can be used in future analyses,” Yates said.

The moon rocks are currently with NASA.

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(This story was originally published on July 19, 2019)

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