China’s lunar probe lands again on earth

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© Reuters. The researchers are working alongside the Chang’e-5 lunar return capsule, which is carrying lunar samples after landing in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of northern China

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(Reuters) – China’s Chang’e-5 lunar probe has landed in northern China’s Inner Mongolia region, the official Xinhua news agency reported. She returned to Earth and brought back the first samples of the moon since the 1970s.

The return capsule landed in the early hours of local time on Thursday in Siziwang or Dorbod, the banner of Inner Mongolia, citing the Chinese space agency.

China launched the Chang’e-5 spacecraft on November 24 and landed a vehicle on the moon in early December.

The success of the mission would make China the only third country to have taken lunar samples after the United States and the Soviet Union, which launched the last successful sampling mission 44 years ago.

It was planned to collect 2 kg of samples, although it is not yet known how much was ultimately collected.

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