China's Chang'e-5 probe retrieved about 1,731 grams of samples from the moon, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA). The samples were later transferred to the lunar sample lab at the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
China's National Space Administration has handed over the lunar samples brought back to Earth on the Chang'e-5 mission to scientists and researchers for further study. The moon rock and soil samples from China's lunar mission have been sent to the National Astronomical Observatories of China in Beijing, a branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
A ceremony was held on Saturday at the National Astronomical Observatories under the CAS to receive the lunar samples retrieved by China's Chang'e-5 probe.
China Tuesday launched a spacecraft to collect and return samples from the moon, the country's first attempt to retrieve samples from an extraterrestrial body. A Long March-5 rocket, carrying the Chang'e-5 spacecraft, blasted off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the coast of southern island province of Hainan at 4:30 a.m. (Beijing Time).
The Chang'e-5 spacecraft is headed to the moon to collect lunar samples. The moon-sample mission, the world's first for over 40 years, has been called one of the most complicated in China's aerospace history. This animation explains how the task will be completed.
China's Chang'e-4 probe, including the lander and the rover, has worked on the far side of the moon for more than two years. The rover Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit-2, has traveled more than 600 meters. Chang'e-4 conducted low-frequency radio astronomical observation, terrain and landform survey, mineral composition and shallow lunar surface structure detection, and neutron radiation and neutral atom measurement.
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