CHINESE CAPSULE WITH 2KG OF MOON ROCKS BEGINS JOURNEY TO EARTH

Written by on December 14, 2020

A CHINESE SPACE CAPSULE IS BRINGING BACK THE FIRST MOON ROCKS IN MORE THAN 40 YEARS AFTER ORBITING THE MOON FOR ABOUT A WEEK.

THE CHANG’E 5 LUNAR PROBE STARTED ITS THREE-DAY RETURN TO EARTH BY FIRING UP FOUR ENGINES FOR ABOUT 22 MINUTES TO MOVE OUT OF THE MOON’S ORBIT, THE CHINA NATIONAL SPACE ADMINISTRATION SAID IN A SOCIAL MEDIA POST ON SUNDAY.

THE CRAFT’S LANDER TOUCHED DOWN ON THE MOON EARLIER THIS MONTH CLOSE TO A FORMATION CALLED THE MONS RUMKER, AN AREA BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN THE SITE OF ANCIENT VOLCANIC ACTIVITY. IT COLLECTED ABOUT 2 KILOGRAMMES (4.4 POUNDS) OF SAMPLES.

THE RETURN CAPSULE IS EXPECTED TO LAND IN NORTHERN CHINA AFTER SEPARATING FROM THE REST OF THE SPACECRAFT AND FLOATING DOWN ON PARACHUTES. THE MATERIAL WOULD BE THE FIRST BROUGHT BACK SINCE THE SOVIET UNION’S LUNA 24 PROBE IN 1976.


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