(Tai Kung Po) The University of Hong Kong obtained lunar soil samples from Chang’e-5 to explore the evolution history of the moon.
Dr. Yuqi QIAN, member of LSR, has brought back the moon soil sample collected by Chang’e 5 to HKU for further study.
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The University of Hong Kong recently passed the review by the Sample Management Office of the Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Center of the China National Space Administration, and obtained the lunar soil samples collected by China’s Chang’e-5 in 2020. On August 1st, the samples were successfully brought back to the University of Hong Kong, making it the first Hong Kong team to conduct research on lunar soil. The Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Hong Kong publicly displayed four samples that had been brought to Hong Kong for scientific research for the first time. The total weight of the four samples was 822.6 milligrams. Dr. Qian Yuqi, a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, said that the team will use the samples to study the geology and thermal evolution history of the moon, and also hopes to provide reference value for early earth research through the study of the youngest basalt on the moon. The University of Hong Kong also plans to apply for samples from Chang’e-6, and believes that studying them together would be of significant value.
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