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China's lunar probe — Chang'e 5 — fired up its engines, has begun its three-day journey back to Earth
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China's lunar probe — Chang'e 5 — fired up its engines, has begun its three-day journey back to Earth

The rocks may be billions of years younger than those brought back by US and Soviet missions, offering insights into the moon’s history and that of the solar system.

Chang'e 5 puts China's flag on the moon; canister with lunar rock, dirt to reach Earth by 17 Dec
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Chang'e 5 puts China's flag on the moon; canister with lunar rock, dirt to reach Earth by 17 Dec

The Chinese lunar probe consists of four separate modules working together - the orbiter, returner, the lander and the ascender - to bring the rocks back to Earth.