China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft has collected lunar samples and is preparing to send them back to Earth, China’s National Space Administration said on Thursday.
Chang’e 5 landed on the moon on Tuesday and had to dig into the surface and collect a total of two kilograms of samples.
According to the scientific journal Science, the materials were collected in a large lava field known as the “Storm Ocean”.
The scientists hope the samples will help them learn about the origin, formation and volcanic activity of the moon on its surface.
The resulting materials are packed in a special capsule scheduled to land in the Inner Mongolia region of China in early December.
China launched the Long rocket on March 5 with the Chang’e 5 spacecraft from space at the Wanchan dump in China’s Hainan Province.
This is the most ambitious lunar mission China has ever undertaken. Last year, the Chinese self-propelled robot “Chang’e-4” landed on the dark side of the moon.
The last space mission to collect samples from the Moon to Earth took place in August 1976, when the Soviet spacecraft “Luna-24” brought 170.1 grams of lunar samples.
China launched its first independent mission to Mars in July.
China plans to build its own space station by 2022 and send a reconnaissance mission to Jupiter by 2029.
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