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March 23, 1970

The Moon Issue

JAMA. 1970;211(12):2010. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170120054012

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When the Apollo 11 mission was successfully completed July 24, 1969, science went into orbit. Samples of the 22 kg of lunar material were distributed to more than 500 scientists in nine nations. The investigators agreed not to divulge the results of their studies prematurely.

In a Lunar Science Conference held in Houston Jan 5-8, 1970, the scientists reported. A team of editors and reviewers attended the conference, handled all the submitted manuscripts on the spot, and by the end of the month, Science published The Moon Issue.

The Moon Issue begins with an editorial, ends with a short appendix, and presents 144 articles between—more than 300 pages in all. It will be of little or no interest to physicians. Indeed, the sole purpose of this brief editorial is to give notice to an outstanding achievement in scientific journalism. To Philip H. Abelson, editor, and Dael Wolfle, publisher of Science