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China lands on moon’s far side in sample retrieval mission

China landed an uncrewed spacecraft on the far side of the moon on Sunday (June 2), a landmark mission aiming to retrieve the world's first rock and soil samples from the dark lunar hemisphere, China's space agency said. The landing elevates China's space power status in a global rush to the moon, where countries, including the United States, are hoping to exploit lunar minerals to sustain long-term astronaut missions and moon bases within the next decade. The Chang'e-6 craft, equipped with an...

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