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China probe lands on moon to gather first lunar samples in over 40 years

The probe was launched from the southern Hainan province last week. If the return journey is successful, China will be only the third country to have retrieved samples from the moon.


A CHINESE space probe on Wednesday began drilling on the surface of the moon hours after landing, in an ambitious attempt to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades.

Beijing has poured billions into its military-run space programme, with hopes of having a crewed...

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