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The Chinese spacecraft Chang'e 5 landed on the moon and began collecting soil samples for subsequent sending to Earth, RBC reported referring to the South China Morning Post.

Beijing believes that this volcanic summit is ideal for collecting data that will help understand how the Earth's satellite formed and changed.

The landing site was chosen taking into account the need to save fuel for the return to the artificial satellite, which is now orbiting the moon. The module sent to the surface of a celestial body should return to orbit after two weeks, dock with the spacecraft and return to Earth.

Until now, only two countries have successfully carried out such an experiment - the US and the Soviet Union.

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