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Chang’e-4 may have discovered material from the Moon’s mantle

15 May 2019, 20:09 UTC
Chang’e-4 may have discovered material from the Moon’s mantle CNSA/CLEP

The first science results from the unprecedented Chang’e-4 lunar far side mission are in. The mission’s Yutu-2 rover, deployed from the lander shortly after the Chang’e-4 landing on 3 January, has, with the help of the Queqiao relay satellite, returned data which suggests it has discovered material derived from the Moon’s mantle, according to research published today in Nature. The possibility of accessing mantle rocks exposed within an enormous impact basin was a major reason for attempting the challenging farside landing.

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