China Becomes First Country to Retrieve Rocks from Far Side of the Moon Written 25 June 2024


China's Chang'e-6 lander and ascender on the Moon (artist's impression) | Credit: China News Service; Wikipedia; CC BY 3.0

The New York Times reports, “China brought a capsule full of lunar soil from the far side of the moon down to Earth on Tuesday, achieving the latest success in an ambitious schedule to explore the moon and other parts of the solar system. The sample, retrieved by the China National Space Administration’s Chang’e-6 lander after a 53-day mission, highlights China’s growing capabilities in space.”
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