Chang'e-5

China’s Chang’e-5 moon probe set for a successful return to Earth

After 40 years, the Chinese spacecraft has returned to Earth carrying samples of rocks from the moon.

The uncrewed capsule called “Chang’e-5” landed with the parachutes in the inner Mongolia region, the Chinese media tweeted images of a ground search and Chinese recovery team hunting for the capsule at the landing site. President Xi Jinping specially congratulated the success of the Chang’e-5 lunar mission.

It has collected soil samples from the moon’s surface after drilling about 6 feet into the moon’s crust and about 4.4 pounds of rock in a previously unexplored lava plain. In 1976 the last rock and soil(samples) returned to Earth with Russia’s Luna-24 mission.

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