The previous mission was accomplished in the 1970s / Photo from CGTN

China has successfully launched its Chang'e 5 lunar sample return mission.

This was reported by CGTN.

China's Long March 5 HLV is to bring soil and rock samples from the lunar surface back to Earth.

If the mission turns out to be a success, China will become the first country in 44 years to deliver geological samples from the lunar surface. It will also become a third country after the United States and the then Soviet Union to fulfill such a mission.

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