Unmanned Chinese spacecraft carrying rocks and soil from Moon returns safely to Earth

In the first mission in four decades to collect lunar samples, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft carrying rocks and soil from the Moon, on December 17, returned safely to Earth.

The China National Space Administration said the capsule carrying the samples collected by the Chang’e-5 space probe landed in northern China’s Inner Mongolia region. In a move to catch up and match its rivals’ achievements with Washington and Moscow, Beijing spent billions into its military-run space programme. Following the United States and the Soviet Union who had this achievement in their names in the 1960s and 1970s, China, with this mission became only the third country to have retrieved samples from the Moon.

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