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China launches mission to bring back moon rocks

News24
26 Nov 2020, 15:12 GMT+10

China launched an ambitious mission on Tuesday to bring back material from the moon's surface for the first time in more than 40 years - an undertaking that could boost human understanding of the moon and of the solar system more generally.

Chang'e 5 - named for the Chinese moon goddess - is the country's boldest lunar mission yet.

Minutes after liftoff, the spacecraft separated from the rocket's first and second stages and slipped into Earth-moon transfer orbit. About an hour later, Chang'e 5 opened its solar panels to provide its independent power source.

Spacecraft typically take three days to reach the moon.

Source: News24

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