China is days from turning into the third nation to take moon rocks back to Earth.

China’s state news office Xinhua declared Sunday that the nation’s lunar test, Chang’e-5, had finished its second orbital move, and entered the “moon-Earth transfer orbit.” The art is hope to land in China’s Inner Mongolia region later this week.

It’s been over a long time since the Soviet Union last brought bits of the moon back to our planet. The other nation to bring back moon rocks is the U.S., which gathered a few lunar examples during the Apollo program before it finished in 1972.

The Chang’e-5 test dispatched on Nov. 24, and landed on the close to side of the moon on Dec. 1. The plan was to assemble multiple pounds of tests.

The lander’s ascender module at that point lifted off from the moon on Dec. 3. It needed to take off from the moon before the sun set, as it wasn’t intended to endure the freezing temperatures of a lunar night. Sunday’s orbital move involved a 22-minute consume from four motors, Chinese state media revealed.

Planetary researchers are eagerly anticipating the examples, which could assist them with understand volcanic action on the moon, and adjust a strategy to appraise the time of pits and different surfaces.

“This is a really audacious mission,” David S. Draper, deputy chief scientist at NASA, told The New York Times. “They’re going to move the ball down the field in a big way with respect to understanding a lot of things that are important about lunar history.”

The mission is important for a drawn out Chinese intend to explore the moon, and at last to conceivably set up a worldwide research station and human colony there.

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