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China's space agency hands over lunar samples for research

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) handed over lunar samples brought back by the Chang'e-5 probe to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for further research.

A handover ceremony was held at the administration, and Vice Premier Liu He delivered a speech to mark the historic event. Liu stressed to make further efforts in organizing more scientists to do research on the samples so as to achieve more scientific results for better understanding of the universe.

Over 80 guests, including leading officials of the Ministry of Science and Technology and CNSA, and vice-governor of Hainan Province, where the spacecraft was launched, as well as engineers and scientists involved in the Change-5 mission, also attended the ceremony.

The lunar samples were then transferred to the CAS National Astronomical Observatory for further studies.

According to preliminary measurement, the Chang'e-5 probe collected about 1,731 grams of lunar samples. Once the samples are safely transported to the end laboratory, researchers will store them before they are ready to process the lunar samples as planned, and start the scientific research work.

The Chang'e-5 probe, comprising an orbiter, a lander, an ascender and a return capsule, was launched by a Long March-5 rocket from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the coast of the southern island province of Hainan on Nov. 24.

The probe collected the first soil samples from both the surface and beneath the surface of the moon since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 mission in 1976.

The return capsule returned to the Earth on Thursday, landing at the designated site in the Siziwang Banner of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, before it was transferred to Beijing by helicopter from the Zhurihe Airport.

(Source: Reuters)

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