China launches unmanned spacecraft to Moon to collect lunar soil

China launched an unmanned spacecraft on Tuesday to collect samples of soil from the Moon, state-run media reported, as President Xi Jinping pledged to step up efforts to make the country a “strong space power.”China, making its first attempt to retrieve lunar samples, is also considering constructing a research station and conducting human exploration of the Moon in the future.A Long March-5 rocket, carrying the Chang’e-5 spacecraft, blasted off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the coast of the southern island province of Hainan at 4:30 a.m. Beijing time, according to Xinhua News A…

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