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For the first time in history, the Chinese Chang'e-6 probe collected soil samples from the far side of the Moon

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This was reported by the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA).

The probe was launched from Earth on May 3, according to the Chinese National Space Administration. On June 4, Chang'e-6 took off from the far side of the Moon with samples of lunar soil. After the engine had been running for about 6 minutes, it successfully put the spacecraft into a predetermined orbit around the Moon.

The mission withstood the high temperature test on the back of the Earth satellite, CNSA reports. Soil samples were collected in two ways – using a drill and using a robotic arm. After that, the material was placed in a container inside the lifting module of the probe.

After the sampling was completed, the Chinese national flag, delivered by the lander module, was unfurled on the far side of the Moon for the first time. Materials from this side of the Earth's satellite were obtained for the first time in the history of space travel.