China launches Lunar Probe

  • On Tuesday, China launched an unmanned spacecraft to bring back lunar rocks. This is a first attempt by any country in the past 40 years.

  • A Long March 5 rocket carrying the Chang'e-5 probe, which is named after the mythical Chinese moon goddess, blasted off from the Wenchang Space Center.

  • Notably Beijing is investing billions of dollars in order to develop high technology military run space programmes and ultimately transform itself into a space super power.

  • The mission's goal is to shovel up lunar rocks and soil to help scientists learn about the Moon's origins, formation and volcanic activity on its surface.

  • The mission was scheduled in the year 2017 however it was postponed due to technical failures.

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