China wants to extract billions of years old soil from the moon

Chinese scientists hope the Chang’e 6 probe will bring soil samples from the far side of the moon to Earth that are about 4 billion years old.

In an interview with reporters, Guiping, deputy director of the Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Center of the National Space Administration of China, said in an interview with reporters that if the Chang’e 6 mission, which was launched on Friday, May 3, 2024, is realized and successful, it will be the first time in human history. For the first time, samples of soil from the far side of the Moon will be brought to Earth.

He said: “The geological age of the moon samples collected by the United States and the former Soviet Union is about 3 billion years. The geological age of the samples collected by China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft in 2020 is about 2 billion years. Currently, Chang’e Spacecraft 5 is expected to return six samples dating back approximately 4 billion years.

He added: “Collecting lunar soil samples from different geological periods and different regions of the moon and studying them in the laboratory in order to obtain comprehensive and complete information about the moon and Earth for all of humanity.” “I believe that it is extremely valuable and important,” he added. You can deeply understand its history, structure, development, and even the origin of the solar system. ”

He said the main goal of the Chang’e 6 mission is to collect about 2 kg of soil from the visible side of the old moon, and from there bring all the lunar soil samples to Earth.

The Chang’e 6 probe, whose mission will last 53 days, is planned to land in the Aitken region at the moon’s south pole. The Aitken region is the largest impact basin located south of the opposite side of the Moon. Known craters on the Moon with a diameter of 24,000. Something to say.

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