Lunar Sample on Display at National Museum of China

On February 27, 2021, the Lunar Sample No.001: Witness of China's Space Dream exhibition opened at the National Museum of China. The lunar sample brought back by the Chang'e-5 probe was unveiled for the first time. Audience can observe the "moon" up close. Wu Yanhua, Vice Administrator of China National Space Administration, handed the Lunar Sample No.001 certificate to the NMC.

On December 17, 2020, the Chang'e-5 capsule landed safely on Earth and retrieved a total of 1,731 grams of lunar sample from the moon, which was China’s first retrieving samples from an extraterrestrial body. Lunar sample is mainly soil on the lunar surface, containing mineral particles, rock fragments, and vitreous particles. The Lunar Sample collected by the NMC weights 100 grams.

According to the designer, the lunar sample container is made of artificial crystal and designed in the shape of a Zun, a traditional Chinese bronze ware, conveying a sense of stability. Inside of the container are miniature of the Earth, the Moon, and a map of China underneath the lunar sample.

Besides the lunar sample, exhibits include over 40 objects related to the lunar exploration program, as well as photos, pictures and videos, in order to systematically review the brilliant achievements of China's lunar exploration. The original return capsule and parachute of Chang'e-5 probe are also on display.

Source: Xinhuanet

Photo Credit:National Museum of China