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Chang'e 5 on the Moon

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2020 6:38 pm
by brian livesey
China's lunar probe has successfully separated from its rocket and landed in the volcanic region of Mons Rumker. This is a feature consisting of thirty lunar domes, some of them with small calderas, located in the lunar north west. The journey to the Moon took two days.
Now, the probe will drill 2 metres into the ground to collect samples and hopefully return them to Earth in mid-December.

Re: Chang'e 5 on the Moon

Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2021 6:21 am
by Eva Braun
According to Wu Yanhua, deputy head of the China National Space Administration, some of the lunar soil samples will be used for research, some will be exhibited in museums, and some will be handed over to industry partners from other countries or donated to heads of state and dignitaries.

Re: Chang'e 5 on the Moon

Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2021 4:20 pm
by brian livesey
In the 1970s, I did a geology course at a further education college. On one occasion, a lecturer from Manchester University gave a talk and brought with him a small glass vial containing Apollo lunar material. It looked like sand.
With care the vial was passed round the class. The lecturer said that the contents were worth £40,000. At that price, maybe the material was only sand with the genuine moon material kept safe at the University.