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By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

NASA to open moon rock samples sealed since Apollo missions

HOUSTON — Inside a locked vault at Johnson Space Center is treasure few have seen and fewer have touched.

The restricted lab is home to hundreds of pounds of moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts close to a half-century ago. And for the first time in decades, NASA is about to open some of the pristine samples and let geologists take a crack at them with 21st-century technology.

Spacewalking astronauts tackle battery, cable work

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Spacewalking astronauts are tackling battery and cable work outside the International Space Station.

It’s the third spacewalk in just 2 1/2 weeks for the station crew.

NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques got an early start Monday morning. They need to complete battery swap-outs that began last month and lay cable.