Probe brings back first moon samples in decades

Probe brings back first moon samples in decades Photo: WDIO-TV file

The Associated Press
Updated: December 16, 2020 01:25 PM
Created: December 16, 2020 10:59 AM

BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese capsule has returned to Earth with the first fresh samples of rock and debris from the moon in more than 40 years.

State media reported Tuesday that the capsule of the Chang’e 5 probe landed in the Siziwang district of the Inner Mongolia region at 2 a.m. local time.

It separated earlier from its orbiter module and performed a bounce off the Earth’s atmosphere to reduce its speed before passing through and floating down on parachutes.

It’s the latest breakthrough for China’s increasingly ambitious space program that also that includes a robotic mission to Mars and plans for a permanent orbiting space station.  

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