China intends to share data and soil samples collected on the moon by Chang'e 5 with scientists from other countries, said Wu Yanhua, Deputy Director of the Chinese State Space Agency (CNSA) on Thursday.
The samples will be used mainly for scientific research, said Wu at a press conference. Earlier it was reported that some of the samples will go to the public exhibition.
The Chinese probe with samples from the moon returned to Earth and landed safely on Wednesday in the Inner Mongolia region of northern China, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported, citing CNSA.
The plan was to collect a total of 2 kilograms of soil samples from the surface and beneath the surface of the Silver Globe, but it has not yet been revealed how much material was eventually transported to Earth.
Thanks to the Chang'e 5 mission, China has become the third country in the world, after the United States and the Soviet Union, to bring lunar soil samples to Earth. The Soviet Luna 24 probe did this for the last time in 1976.
From Canton Andrzej Borowiak (PAP)