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China launches its first mission to bring moon rocks back to Earth

If Chang’e 5 succeeds, it will return the first lunar sample to Earth in over 44 years and put China in a very exclusive club.
by Neel V. Patel

China launched its Chang’e 5 mission to the moon early Tuesday morning local time from the country’s launch site on Hainan Island in the South China Sea. The country is seeking to bring soil and rock samples from the lunar surface back to Earth for the first time in its history, for scientific study.