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China Moon Mission Will Try To Bring Back The First Lunar Rocks In Decades – NPR

The Chang’e-5 mission will attempt to bring back rock and soil samples from a previously unexplored part of the moon, helping scientists better understand its volcanic…



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The rocket, pictured on Nov. 17, will launch China’s Chang’e-5 lunar probe on Tuesday. Here it is being transported to the launching area at the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in southern China’s Hainan province.
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China is planning to launch an uncrewed spacecraft to the moon on Tuesday, which will shovel up lunar rocks soil and bring them back to Earth. If successful, it would be the first time any country has retrieved samples from the moon in more than 40 years.

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