September 23, 2022

China Releases Samples from Moon Aged 40+ Years

China has released samples from the Moon, and they’ve been there for more than 40 years! The Change-5 mission was launched on December 7th of last year. This is China’s first lunar exploration in over four decades. It sent back a total of six pieces of rock and soil samples to Earth. These are the first fresh lunar samples that have returned to our planet in over four decades! Scientists say that these rocks are between 3 billion and 4 billion years old, which makes them about as old as Earth itself! The lunar lander will also send back the first-ever 360-degree view of the Moon’s previously unexplored far side.

The topography and geology of the Moon found in these samples could help scientists better understand our planet! Scientists say that studying how the Earth and moon evolved together can help them understand the history of our whole solar system! This has been an exciting week for China and its space agency. They also launched a new-generation X-ray telescope to search for black holes, neutron stars, and other phenomena beyond the Milky Way galaxy!

China’s lunar missions will eventually lead to a manned lunar base in about lead to a better understanding of natural history, including Earth’s past, present, and future. The samples will also shed light on the evolution of planets around other stars!

So far, scientists have been able to study only a few lunar rocks from the Apollo missions. These were up to four billion years old, whereas the youngest volcanoes on Earth are no more than 100 million years old! In 2020 China will launch the Change-4 mission to explore a “dark side” of the moon – never before explored by mankind! With Change-5 and Change-4, it will be the first time that a spacecraft has landed on this uncharted side of our satellite.

China is planning to build its manned lunar base in about 2020. These bases would give astronauts access to the natural resources on the Moon. There are huge reserves of titanium ore, rare earth metals, and helium 3 on the Moon! Helium 3 is used in nuclear fusion energy production. The base would also allow astronauts to mine these raw materials without having to take them back to Earth!

This is very interesting news! The samples are being studied in three different scientific laboratories around the world. They should be given back to China after several months, probably in about one year!

These preliminary results are expected to be published in the next few weeks.

China has released samples from the Moon, and they’ve been there for more than 40 years! The Change-5 mission was launched on December 7th of last year. This is China’s first lunar exploration in over four decades. It sent back a total of six pieces of rock and soil samples to Earth. These are the first fresh lunar samples that have returned to our planet in over four decades! Scientists say that these rocks are between 3 billion and 4 billion years old, which makes them about as old as Earth itself! The lunar lander will also send back the first-ever 360-degree view of the Moon’s previously unexplored far side.

The topography and geology of the Moon found in these samples could help scientists better understand our planet! Scientists say that studying how the Earth and moon evolved together can help them understand the history of our whole solar system! This has been an exciting week for China and its space agency.