China Samples Find Young-ish Volcanic Rocks on Moon

An analysis of basaltic lava rocks returned from the Moon by China’s Chang’e-5 mission reveals volcanism only two billion years ago.

Beth Johnson
3 min readOct 9, 2021

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IMAGE: Chang’e 5 sample return capsule. CREDIT: Chinese National Space Agency’s (CNSA) Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Center

Last week, we talked about some early results from the analysis of lunar samples brought back by China’s Chang’e-5 mission which revealed that about 10% of…

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Beth Johnson

Planetary scientist, podcast host. Communication specialist for SETI Institute and Planetary Science Institute. Buy me a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/planetarypan