China has successfully launched a robotic spacecraft to the moon to bring samples of lunar rock back to earth.It is the first mission by any country since the 1970s to try to retrieve samples from the moon’s surface.A Long March-5 rocket carrying the Chang’e-5 spacecraft took off from Wenchang Space Launch Centre on the southern Chinese island of Hainan at 4.30am Beijing time on Tuesday ( 8.30pm GMT on Monday, 23 November).The journey to the moon will take around eight days.The Chang’e-5 mission, named after the ancient Chinese goddess of the moon, will seek to collect lunar material to help scientists understand more about the moon’s origins and formation. Advertisement The mission will test China’s ability to remotely acquire samples from space, ahead of more complex missions.Spokesman for the Chang’e-5 mission, Pei Zhaoyu, said: “We think that there are two main purposes for the implementation of this lunar sampling mission. More from Science & Tech COVID-19: Oxford vaccine is up to 90% effective in preventing coronavirus, tests show COVID-19: The multi-billion pound business of the Oxford vaccine COVID-19: The story of Oxford’s coronavirus vaccine that could save Britain New law unveiled to make UK 5G network safer COVID-19: Americans could… Read full this story
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