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China successfully landed a spacecraft on the moon's surface on Tuesday in a historic mission to retrieve lunar surface samples, Chinese state media reported.

China launched its Chang'e-5 probe on Nov. 24. The uncrewed mission, named after the mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, aims to collect lunar material to help scientists learn more about the moon's origins.

The mission will attempt to collect 2 kg (4-1/2 lbs) of samples in a previously unvisited area in a massive lava plain known as Oceanus Procellarum, or "Ocean of Storms".

If the mission is completed as planned, it would make China the third nation to have retrieved lunar samples after the United States and the Soviet Union.

The lander vehicle that touched down on the moon's surface was one of several spacecraft deployed by the Chang'e-5 probe.

Upon landing, the lander vehicle is supposed to drill into the ground with a robotic arm, then transfer its soil and rock samples to an ascender vehicle that would lift off and dock with an orbiting module.

State broadcaster CCTV said it would start collecting samples on the lunar surface in the next two days. The samples would be transferred to a return capsule for the trip back to Earth, landing in China's Inner Mongolia region.

China made its first lunar landing in 2013. In January last year, the Chang'e-4 probe touched down on the far side of the moon, the first space probe from any nation to do so. (Reuters)

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  • PhD student Wednesday, 02 December 2020 07:49 AM

    Last year with all fan fair India also sent a a space probe to the Moon to land and to make investigations on the lunar surface. Hilariously it simply disappeared and the the Indians didn’t even know what had happened to it until the Americans told them that their craft is lying smashed to pieces on the moon surface. Indians are no match to the Science and Mathematics of China.

    roobarbie Wednesday, 02 December 2020 03:53 PM

    PhD student? With the sort of comments you make, you are not fit to be a PhD student. Entrenhced ideas as you have got is a great inhibitions to clear thinking and progressive outlook a student should possess. Start doing some introspection first, young man.

    Chinaman Wednesday, 02 December 2020 07:57 PM

    PhD student should research on how Rice was brought to Ceylon from the moon in the early seventies. Even the Americans brought stones

    Gerard de Silva Wednesday, 02 December 2020 11:18 AM

    When it landed in the Indian ocean, at first the Indians thought they had discovered water on the moon - till they became aware of what happened

    Chinaman Wednesday, 02 December 2020 08:30 PM

    When you wake up part of your country will be owned by the Chinese.

    VJ Wednesday, 02 December 2020 11:37 AM

    Congratulations China. India has the record of launching more satellites in a single mission. NASA too had failures, India is placed 5th in space technology.

    CV. Raman Wednesday, 02 December 2020 03:47 PM

    Are there Chinese in disguise commenting? Only monkeys who hate their own tails criticize others' tails.

    lanakan Wednesday, 02 December 2020 04:51 PM

    Very soon we can buy moon rock in SL. Market


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