China’s Chang’e-5 mission discovered a new mineral on the moon’s surface. This is with reference to the China National Space Administration and the State Atomic Energy Administration of the PRC.
The new mineral, dubbed “Chang’e Stone”, was found in samples brought from the Moon to Earth. In China, they claim that it has become the sixth new mineral found on a natural satellite of the Earth. It is noted that a single-crystal particle about 10 microns in size was isolated from lunar samples, the structure of which was deciphered by Chinese specialists.
Scientists have announced a new moon mineral ahead of the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiujie). This holiday is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar – September 10 this year. Zhongqiujie is considered a family holiday in China, when every Chinese must visit his native places, see relatives in order to taste moon cakes with them and admire the full moon.
In February, it became known that the Chinese spacecraft Chang’e-5 entered a far retrograde lunar orbit earlier than the Orion spacecraft of the American Artemis 1 mission could have ended up there.