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Given success of China’s Chang’e-5 mission to haul back to Earth lunar specimens, the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) is establishing procedures to share the material with international colleagues.

Lin Yangting, professor with the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of Chinese Academy of Science, told China Global Television Network that researchers need to hand in proposals for studying the samples beforehand, and follow a series of procedures prescribed by the CNSA.

“Now the procedure is still being discussed, it has not been fixed,” Lin said. “The procedure will be announced on the website of the CNSA…so we will apply for it. We will submit our application with a research proposal. There will be a committee to screen your application and then make the decision if you will get the samples or not.”

China’s Chang’e-5 lunar mission will attempt to haul back to Earth samples of the Moon.
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ESA exchanges

Liu said that lunar-sample-related exchanges between Chinese scientists and their counterparts from the European Space Agency (ESA) have already begun, and further joint efforts can be realized within a new mechanism.

Roughly three years ago, the CNSA contacted ESA to discuss cooperation between European scientists and Chinese scientists working on lunar samples. “So we have discussed about this many times. And we are going to establish a joint scientist team, and this team will have several working groups. So we will work together on the new lunar samples,” Liu said.

New China TV has released a video detailing the various aspects of the Chang’e-5 lunar sample mission. Go to:

https://youtu.be/xMet268iaKc

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