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October 8 2012

Proposed Mission May Bring Frozen Moon Samples to Earth in 2020s

Europe and Russia are working together to bring samples of frozen moon dirt to Earth in the next decade.

The unmanned mission, called Lunar Polar Sample Return (LPSR), aims to bore into the moon's surface at either the north or south pole, where nearly permanent sunlight would allow a robot to operate in manageable conditions.

"Scientists wanted a sample from the bottom of an unilluminated crater, but this would be practically impossible with the technology we have today," said European Space Agency official Bruno Gardini.

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