Chinese space capsule with 2 kgs moon rocks begins return to Earth
Chinese space capsule with 2 kgs moon rocks begins return to Earth

China Chang’e 5 lunar probe left the moon’s orbit on Sunday morning by activating four engines for about 22 minutes and will land on earth soon.  The Chinese space capsule bringing back the first moon rocks in more than four decades has begun its return to Earth. The return capsule is expected to land in northern China in the Inner Mongolia region after a three-day journey. 

The China National Space Administration shared this information on social media. The capsule mission landed on the moon earlier this month and collected about 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of samples. The capsule is expected to land on earth after a three-day journey. The material would be the first brought back since the Soviet Union’s Luna 24 probe in 1976.

Meanwhile, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will launch its last satellite of this year next Thursday (December 17). The satellite, codenamed CMS-01, will be launched from the second launchpad of the Sriharikota launch centre (SHAR) at 3.41pm.

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