China Plans To Strip Mine The Moon For Rare Helium-3

January 14, 2015 9:56 AM

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Chinese state media has reported the service module of test lunar orbiter has successfully began orbiting the Moon and the lunar mission will see the Chang’e 5 (Chinese: 嫦娥五号) spacecraft perform a soft landing on the surface of the Moon, where it will collect four pounds of rock and soil samples before returning home, China Topix reported.

If the lunar mission succeeds, it will be the first time China has reached Earth’s natural satellite. Which would make it the third country to reach the surface of the Moon, after the United States and Russia.

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