Chinese space probe took off for the Moon: it will have to collect rock material for study

After 40 years, another nation tries to recover samples from our natural satellite – Ansa /Courier TV

The Chinese March 5 rocket with the Chang’e-5 spacecraft took off from the Wenchang Space Center in the southern province of Hainan Island to land on the moon. The mission’s goal is to collect two kilos of lunar rocks to help scientists learn about the Moon’s origins, formation and volcanic activity. The probe’s journey is expected to last 14 days and, if successful, China would become the third country to have recovered samples from the moon, after the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s.



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