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Chang'e 5 collects moon rocks

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China's lunar lander, launched in November, has successfully collected 2kgs of moon rocks and transferred them to its orbiter, in preparation for returning to Earth. It was nearly forty five years since the last lunar rocks were brought to Earth by the Soviet Union.
Sometime this month a capsule containing the rock samples will land somewhere in Inner Mongolia. If successful, the mission will make China only the third country to bring moon rocks to Earth.
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China's lunar sampler is on its way back to Earth. The engines on the probe were fired up 230km above the Moon for 22 minutes then shut down.
The craft is on a trajectory towards Inner Mongolia, but China hasn't yet disclosed whether Chang'e-5 has the full 2kg of lunar rocks and soil onboard.
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The Chang'e-5 lunar capsule successfully landed yesterday with its cache of lunar rock and soil. The capsule landed in the snow-covered Siziwang District in Inner Mongolia,where recovery vehicles awaited it.
China's space agency must be over the moon at the success of an apparently flawless mission. It will be interesting to see if they have the same success with their Martian lander.
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While Apollo-era moon rocks are estimated to be about 3 to 4 billion years old, the material collected by Chang’e 5 is from a site in the northwest region of the moon’s near side called Mons Rükmer. This area was formed more recently, and the rocks here are thought to be only about 1.2 billion years old. That means scientists studying the material could learn more about the evolution of the moon and test out new techniques for estimating the age of geological samples from other planets, moons, and asteroids.
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