when we send a ship into space it’s always major news that’s because each time we send somebody into space we learn more about what’s out there beyond the Earth’s atmosphere .
each time a spaceship goes into orbit we hope that they’re gonna find living breathing or talking forms of life how many people believe it’s only a matter of time before we find something amazing maybe not that amazing but still when the crew of Apollo 14 came back to earth in 1971 there was very little fanfare from the public those within the scientific community were excited though which they often are when a mission returns to earth decades later scientists discovered that the crew might have brought back something amazing that we were never aware of the astronauts of Apollo 14 made an amazing discovery they didn’t even know it two years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their giant leap for mankind NASA had already concluded two lunar missions but that wasn’t enough they wanted to send astronauts up a third time which is how Apollo 14 came to be the mission crew included commander Alan Shepard command module pilot Stuart ruse and lunar module pilot Edgar Mitchell they prepared for their nine-day visit to the moon NASA hope to launch Apollo 14 in October 1970 but after Apollo 13 failed they decided to delay the launch by four months by late January 31st 1971 .
they took off from Kennedy Space Center when the crew went into space they hoped that they would find something that would change the way the world looks at space and physics they never expected to make a discovery that would shock the entire scientific community years later on February 5th the crew landed on the moon Shepard and Mitchell got out of the ship on their own while Rousseau stayed in orbit for the next 33 hours the two men worked on the moon Russa while orbiting in the shuttle took photos of Earth in the moon he even found the perfect place for Apollo 16 to land later on during this mission they germinated 500 tree seeds and that eventually became known moon trees while on the surface of the Moon Shepard made a club with some spare junk and lacked a few golf balls well really changed the mission though was the rocks this was why they were there in the first place the two men collected over 100 pounds of moon rocks scientists they couldn’t wait to see and to study the rocks that they brought back they hoped that they would find answers to the mysteries of outer space nine days after the ship took off on February 9th the Apollo 14 crew landed safely in the Pacific Ocean .
when they returned to NASA with their haul the scientists were eager to get to work what they didn’t know back then was that there was one rock in that hall that had no business being on the moon to begin with nobody noticed this strange rock until decades later NASA loaned the rock to Curtin University in Australia and this happened in 2018 a professor Alexander Neman made a shocking discovery about this rock he was a 1.8 gram sample that contained granite granite is common on earth but rarely seen on a moon it also contained ports which was even more unusual for the moon the zircon grain in the rock was very similar to what’s found on earth this made everyone wonder how an earth rock ended up on the moon professor named Chen and his team believed that the rocks journey probably began about four billion years before the Apollo 14 crew arrived on the moon back .
then asteroids were always slamming into the young earth which formed the land masses that we call home the moon was three times closer to the earth back then than it is today another theory is that the conditions of the moon were much different in its infancy than it is today well either way it’s a fantastic find and it’s a shame that it took so many decades for us to find this it’s changed the way that we look at the earth and the moon back when they were first formed well this may not have unlocked the mysteries of outer space but it has given us a bit more information that we didn’t previously have and this incredible find gives us hope that one day soon a space mission will answer many more of our questions only time will tell do you think we should go back to the moon and what are your thoughts about this idea of taking men to Mars tell us in the comments below.