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Heavy! Chinese scientists first discovered a new mineral on the moon named "Chang'e Stone"

Posting time:2023-02-05 08:15:04

Heavy! Chinese scientists first discovered a new mineral on the moon named "Chang'e Stone"

On September 9, CNMO learned that on the eve of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the National Space Administration and the National Atomic Energy Agency jointly released the latest scientific achievements of Chang'e 5 in Beijing: Chinese scientists discovered a new mineral on the moon for the first time, which was named "Chang'e Stone". This mineral is the sixth new mineral discovered by humans on the moon. my country has become the third country in the world to discover new minerals on the moon after the United States and the former Soviet Union. The Chang'e 5 probe is reported to be a phosphate mineral, which is a columnar crystal and exists in lunar basalt particles. Through a series of high-tech methods such as X-ray diffraction, the innovative team of the Beijing Institute of Geology of the Nuclear Industry of CNNC isolated a single crystal particle with a size of about 10 microns from the 140,000 lunar sample particles, and successfully deciphered its crystal. structure. It has been voted by the International Mineralogical Society (IMA) Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of New Minerals (CNMNC) to confirm this is a new mineral. "Chang'e Stone" It is also understood that "Chang'e Stone" is another name with Chinese cultural characteristics in lunar scientific exploration, in addition to the names of lunar geographical entities such as "Guanghan Palace", "Weaver Girl" and "River Drum". A major scientific achievement in the field of space science is also a powerful exploration of inter-industry and inter-professional cooperation between nuclear and aerospace. In addition, at the Chang'e 5 lunar sample research achievement conference, CNNC also released the lunar sample research results: the morphology of the Chang'e 5 lunar soil particles has been systematically studied, and the typical morphology of hundreds of lunar soil particles has been obtained. The characteristics of the topography provide a scientific basis for the study of the formation of lunar soil.

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