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Chinese lunar sampling brings back the youngest lava-BBC News

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  • Jonathan Amos
  • BBC Science Correspondent

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Since the Soviet Union launched Lunar 24 in 1976, no country has attempted a mission like the “Chang’e-5”

The rock samples brought back from the moon by China’s “Chang’e 5” in December last year were very young.

Of course these are relative, but analysis shows that the basalt material, the solidified residue of the lava flow, is only 2 billion years old.

Comparing it with the samples brought back by Apollo astronauts, they all have a history of more than 3 billion years.

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