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On Tuesday, China made a historic mission to retrieve lunar surface samples. It has successfully landed a spacecraft on the moon’s surface to retrieve lunar surface samples.

On November 24, China had launched its Chang’e-5 probe. The mission has been named after the mythical Chinese goddess of the moon. The mission aims to collect lunar material to help scientists learn more about the moon’s origins. Reportedly, the mission will attempt to collect 2 kg of samples in a previously unvisited area in a massive lava plain known as ‘Oceanus Procellarum’, or ‘Ocean of Storms’.

It has been concluded that if the mission is successful then, China would be 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 the several spacecraft deployed by the Chang’e-5 probe. It has been further informed that after landing, the vehicle is supposed to drill into the ground with a robotic arm. Then it would transfer its soil and rock samples to an ascender vehicle that would lift off and dock with an orbiting module.

In 2013, China had made it’s first lunar landing. Last year, in January, the Chang’e-4 probe had touched down on the far side of the moon. It was the first space probe that any nation performed.

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