Chinese probe delivered first lunar soil samples in forty years

The Chang’e-5 probe has successfully landed in the northern region of China, according to the Xinhua news agency. The device for the first time in four decades delivered to Earth new samples of soil and stones from the Moon.

The Chang’e-5 device appeared on the surface of the Moon on December 1, two days later it began the mission and raised the flag of China on the Earth’s satellite. Chang’e-5 is named after the Chinese moon goddess.

China became the third country to obtain lunar samples. Prior to that, in the sixties and seventies, rock samples were delivered to Earth by American and Soviet vehicles. The last time the “collection” of scientists was replenished in 1976.

In 2022, China intends to build a manned station on the Moon and send a man to the Earth’s satellite.


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