Chang'e 5 returns home with lunar samples

By ZHAO LEI | | Updated: 2020-12-17 02:15
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Recovery personnel work at the landing site of the return capsule of Chang'e-5 probe in Siziwang banner, North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, on Dec 17, 2020. [Photo by Batbayar/For China Daily]

Next, the sealed samples will be transferred to specially designed laboratories for analyses, experiments and tests so scientists can determine the extraterrestrial substances' composition, structure and traits, thus deepening their knowledge about the history of the moon and the solar system.

A certain proportion of the samples will also be on public display to enhance science awareness among the public, especially young generations, sources close to the mission have said.

Chang'e 5, China's largest and most advanced lunar probe, consisted of four main components — an orbiter, lander, ascender and reentry capsule. The spacecraft was launched by a Long March 5 heavy-lift carrier rocket early on Nov 24 at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in South China's Hainan province, setting out on China's most difficult space activity and the world's first lunar sample-return mission since 1976.

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