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.