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China launches Chang’e 5 mission to bring back material from moon – ABC News

Rocket blasts off carrying lander that will fetch rocks and debris from the moon’s surface for the first time in more than 40 years.

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China has launched an ambitious mission to bring back rocks and debris from the moon’s surface for the first time in more than 40 years.
Key points:

  • The rocket launched just after 4.30am on Tuesday
  • The mission’s goal is to drill into the moon and bring back 2 kilograms of rock
  • The lander will spend the equivalent of about 14 Earth days on the moon

Chang’e 5 named for the Chinese moon goddess is the country’s boldest lunar mission yet.
If successful, it would be a major advance for China’s space program,…

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