China lands on moon in mission to collect samples from surface
China successfully landed a spacecraft on the moon’s surface late on Tuesday in the first mission to retrieve lunar surface samples in 40 years, said the country’s National Space Administration.
The space agency said the probe had successfully landed on the near side of the moon and sent back images.
China launched its Chang’e-5 probe which is not manned from the southern province of Hainan on November 24. The mission, named after the mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, aims to collect lunar material to help scientists learn more about the moon’s origins and the solar system more generally.
Al Jazeera’s Andrew Chappelle reports.
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