What the first new moon rocks in decades can tell us

What the first new moon rocks in decades can tell us

The newest moon rocks to have landed on Earth are now headed to the lab. 

On Dec. 17, the Chinese National Space Administration’s Chang’e 5 mission accomplished something no one has done in over 40 years — they brought a little piece of the moon to Earth. That makes China the third country, along with the U.S. and the former Soviet Union, to bring back a sample from the moon, and the first since 1976, when the Soviet Union did so as part of their Luna 24 mission. Scientists still have a lot of questions about the moon’s history, composition, and formation, and these new moon rocks could help provide some answers.  Read more…

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