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China's Change 5 is getting ready for its launch to an unexplored region of the moon, where it will collect the first lunar sample in nearly 40 years.
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Why exactly do we want these lunar samples? its all about the moons evolutionary history. The previous samples were taken from regions where the moon was believed to have stopped its volcanic activity some 3.5 billion years ago. But new theories believe that there could be some areas where lava could have formed more recently, like one to two billion years ago.

And if the sample that Change 5 collects proves that the moon was still geologically active at that time, it could change everything we know about the moons history.

And if it doesnt succeed, even more complicated backup missions are already in the works with Change 6 and 7 planned for launch in 2023 or 2024.

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China set to retrieve first Moon rocks in 40 years
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03064-z
"Later this month, a Chinese spacecraft will travel to the Moon to scoop up lunar rocks for the first time in more than 40 years."

Chang'e 5
https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraft/display.action?id=CHANG-E-5
"Chang'e 5 is a Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) lunar sample return mission tentatively scheduled to launch 24 November 2020 from Wenchang Space Launch Center."

China is quietly preparing for November launch of the Change-5 lunar sample return mission
https://spacenews.com/china-is-quietly-preparing-for-november-launch-of-the-change-5-lunar-sample-return-mission/
"China has initiated preparations to launch Change-5, a mission seeking to collect and return the first lunar samples since the 1970s."
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