Last week, the Chinese Communist Party said that Chinese scientists had found a new mineral on the moon. If it’s true, China would be the third country to find a mineral on the moon.
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The mineral, called Change site-(Y), was found in lunar samples collected by China’s Change-5 mission in 2020, the South China Morning Post said on Friday.
Wang Xuejun, an official with the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), said that a team of researchers from the Beijing Research Institute of Uranium Geology used X-ray diffraction and other high-tech methods to separate a single crystalline particle from moon rocks and dust.
“It gives us the basic scientific information we need to evaluate helium-3 in lunar samples and explore them in the future,” he said.
Wang said that the particle is about ten times smaller than human hair and is the sixth new mineral to be found on the moon.
China Atomic Energy Authority
Dong Baotong, a vice-chairman of the China Atomic Energy Authority, said, “This discovery gives us more basic scientific data for evaluating and developing lunar resources. It has also helped us learn more about the moon and the solar system.” “China is also the third country, after the US and Russia, to bring back samples from the moon and find new minerals there.”
Before China’s Moon Festival, which takes place on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, the new moon mineral was announced.
China discovered moon mineral
Ye Beijing, a senior Chinese engineer, and designer for the lunar program said on Chinese state-run TV last year that Chinese astronauts could land on the moon by 2030.
He said, “I think a Chinese crewed moon landing is very possible by 2030, as long as technology research for landing people on the moon keeps going and the country stays determined.”
China’s state-run media said in December 2020 that during the Change 5 lunar mission, China was able to put up its first cloth national flag on the moon.
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