Carrying rocks and soil from the moon, Chinese spacecraft has begun its journey back to Earth. The development came on December 13.
This makes China the first nation to successfully retrieve lunar samples since the 1970s. In a statement, China National Space Administration said, “Engines on the Chang’e-5 probe were ignited 230 km (143 miles) from the lunar surface early on Sunday, Beijing time, before being shut down after 22 minutes with the craft on a trajectory towards Earth.”
After the United States and the Soviet Union, a successful landing in inner Mongolia would make China only the third nation to have retrieved the samples from moon. Although it has not been disclosed how much of the samples have been gathered but the initial plan was to collect 2 kg (4.4 lbs) of samples.