China has recently brought rocks collected from the “Mons Rümker” region, a volcanic complex in the moon that has not been previously explored, back to Earth.
The return capsule of China’s Chang’e-5 probe touched down on Earth in the early hours of Thursday, bringing back the country’s first samples collected from the moon, as well as the world’s freshest lunar samples in over 40 years. #ChangE5 #LunarProbe pic.twitter.com/hyLaFBUtdD
A Japanese fashion mogul is currently looking for a female “life partner” to accompany him on a flight to the moon.
Yusaku Maezawa, 44, is scheduled to become the first civilian to fly around earth’s natural satellite by way of SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket in 2023, having purchased all its seats in 2018.
Nearly two weeks after making a successful landing on the dark side of the moon with Chang’e 4, China’s moon mission saw the first sprout of cotton seeds planted in the mini biosphere of its lunar spacecraft.
Scientists behind the experiment made the astonishing announcement on Tuesday.
The first on-land photos of the far side of the moon (famously referred to as the dark side of the moon) have now been sent to Earth by the Chang’e 4 lunar spacecraft, marking a historic moment for China’s space program.
China is gearing up to land on the dark side of the moon, a pioneering move that will cement its position as a world leader in space exploration.
Humans have only ever seen the bright side of the moon due to tidal locking, a phenomenon caused by its gravitational interaction with Earth. It takes the same 28 days to rotate once on its axis and revolve around the planet.
Scientists in China will attempt to create a “mini ecosystem” consisting of insects and potatoes in the moon next year.
The project, discussed at the recent Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017) in Beijing, is one of several missions that make up the country’s lunar exploration program.
India’s ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) has something very ambitious in mind — they plan to start mining on the Moon to meet the country’s energy needs by the year 2030.
According to a report by Live Mint, the country’s leading space agency is working on a plan to mine Helium-3 rich lunar dust and bring it back to the Earth. This plan on mining dust of the moon was first revealed in February by Dr. Sivathanu Pillai.