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Published date: [9/18/2022]    Read [817] times
    Chinese scientists have achieved a remarkable feat in their research of the moon as they have discovered a new mineral on the moon for the first time and named it "Chang'e Stone" or "Changesite-(Y)", according to the China National Space Administration and the China Atomic Energy Authority on 9th September 2022, the eve of the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. This is the sixth mineral found on the moon by mankind and it was approved by the International Mineral Association New Minerals Nomenclature and Classification Committee. This latest discovery has made China the third country in the world to record such findings after the United States and the former Soviet Union. In Chinese mythology, Chang'e was a beautiful young girl who took an immortality pill and then flew to the moon, where she became the moon goddess. Chang'e is also the name for China's lunar mission. The scientists found the mineral in samples collected from the lunar surface during its Chang'e-5 robotic mission in 2020. "Chang'e stone" is a phosphate mineral with the chemical formula (Ca8Y)Fe2+(PO4)7 in the form of colorless transparent columnar crystals with a diameter of 10 microns found from more than 140,000 lunar basalt particles which is less than one-tenth of the average diameter of an ordinary human hair. ======================================================== 按此在新窗口浏览图片 ======================================================== 按此在新窗口浏览图片 ======================================================== 按此在新窗口浏览图片
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