I know that samples of lunar regolith were taken on many missions to and from the moon, but I also know that these rocks aren't common and are being used for analysis purposes. According to this NASA article, 400 samples are distributed to educators, scientists and other interested parties on a yearly basis.
If they're "giving the stuff away" for scientific study, how much is truly left and viable for analysis on Earth-- do these scientific experiments require that the sample not be tainted or destroyed?
The article states that:
- 382,000 grams came back on-board six USA missions.
- 300 grams came back on-board three automated Soviet missions.
There's nothing stated about what the Soviets are doing with their mass, but 382,000 grams is a lot. If anyone has approximates on the quantity of mass given away in the 400 yearly samples, we could estimate how much is left. This approximation (provided a source on average sample distribution) is good enough for what I'm looking for in an answer.