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China spacecraft is returning to Earth with moon samples in a first for the country – CNBC

It’s the first time China has launched a spacecraft from an extraterrestrial body and the first time it has collected moon samples.

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GUANGZHOU, China A Chinese spacecraft carrying lunar samples has blasted off from the moon and is preparing to come back to Earth.
It’s the first time China has launched a spacecraft from an extraterrestrial body and the first time it has collected moon samples. If the moon samples make it back to Earth, China will be only the third country in the world to retrieve lunar samples after the efforts by the U.S. in the 1960s and the Soviet Union in the 1970s.
At 23:10 p.m. Beijing time on Thursday,…

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