Thursday, January 21, 2021

China just brought moon rocks to Earth for the first time in its history

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A new science awaits you: While the lunar rocks of the Apollo era are estimated to be around 3-4 billion years old, the material collected by Chang’e 5 comes from a site in the northwest region of the near face of the moon called Mons. Rükmer. This area was formed more recently, and the rocks here are believed to be only about 1.2 billion years old. This means that scientists studying the material could learn more about the evolution of the moon and test new techniques to estimate the age of geological samples from other planets, moons and asteroids.

Great China Day: Chang’e’s lunar program, which includes two deployments of lunar rovers on the surface of the moon, has had remarkable success. Although Chang’e 5 was a short mission, it is one of the most complicated projects undertaken by the Chinese space program so far. The country is far from done with the moon – Chang’e 6, a second lunar sample return, is expected to launch in 2023 or 2024.

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