The Missing Moon Files

Researchers scour old labs and archives, looking for invaluable lunar data before it’s too late.

Seiichi Nagihara began to sweat as he dug through long-forgotten boxes in a cluttered basement storeroom at a Columbia University outpost in Palisades, N.Y. But the trim 54-year-old kept working. It was June 2013, and he had come all the way from Texas to search for decades-old clues about the moon.

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Astronaut Alan Beam deployed the first Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package during Apollo 12. More instruments followed on every successful Apollo mission, and beamed data back to Earth long after the astronauts returned home. (Credit: NASA)