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Getting an up close look at the moon

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POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Students at SUNY Potsdam got a rare close-up look at the moon Thursday.

Ryan Zeigler, a 1998 graduate of SUNY Potsdam, is currently serving as the curator of the Apollo moon samples. Zeigler spoke with students about the history and legacy of the Apollo moon missions.

After the talk, students were able to look at different moon samples under microscopes. Some of the samples are billions of years old.

Zeigler says there is still much more knowledge to be gained from future moon missions.

"We haven't been there in about 40 years. Our understanding of the moon has evolved a lot since then, so I think going back to the moon would be a very important step as NASA goes out into the solar system to explore again," Zeigler said.

Zeigler says the typical cell phone currently has more computing power than the entire space ship that went to the moon and a traditional desktop computer has more computing power than all of NASA did when the moon missions were conducted.

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