China searches for rare earths on the Moon

By Antonio Torrisi
Published: Tuesday, 03 December 2013

Land rover Yutu will collect rock samples for analysis; current mining too costly

The Chinese Academy of Sciences has this week started a space mission to explore rare earths deposits on the Moon.

The mission, called Chang’e-3, will land a rover, Yutu, on the lunar surface to collect rock samples to bring back to Earth for further analysis.

Professor Ouyang Ziyuan...

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