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.
- 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,…