China announced today that it has discovered for the first time a new mineral on the surface of the moon called Change Location- (Y) State media reported that this assumes the sixth metal found by mankind in the Earth satellite.
The discovery makes the Asian giant the third country to identify a
An unknown mineral on the moon, something they have already achieved United States and Russia.
vice president China Atomic Energy Commission, Dong Baotong, Revealed at a press conference the name of the discovery, a Phosphate mineral in columnar crystals found in lunar basalt particlesthe official Global Times newspaper gathers on Friday.
The International Association of Mineralogy’s New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification Committee endorsed the result, Obtained from samples collected by the Chang’e 5 mission from the surface of the moon in 2020It was acquired for the first time in four decades.
Several institutions from the Asian giant participated in the study of the samples, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the ministries of education and natural resources.
Scientists confirmed that the materials collected by the lunar mission China The research developed from it is of great importance when it comes to understanding the origin and evolution of the Moon, as well as the possibilities of using its resources effectively.
Last June, high-pressure metals were detected in samples collected on the moon’s surface by this same probe as fragments of sivertet and stichovitMetals formed from silicon dioxide are exposed to high temperatures and pressures.
The Chang’e program (named after a goddess living on the moon according to Chinese legend) began with the launch of the first probe in 2007. In recent years, Beijing has invested heavily in its space program and made notable achievements such as the successful completion of a probe on the hidden side of the moon in January 2019, a feat that no country has achieved so far.