While many conversations around China and the United States in space have focused on competitive, even military, aspects of a new "space race", some in the United States admit that space exploration could be one arena where both countries could cooperate, and perhaps even use it to mitigate other tensions in the relationship.
The China National Space Administration, typically secretive with its missions, showed growing confidence in its space program, with live broadcasts of the rocket launch and return of its sample capsule, which glowed bright white from its heat in the infrared cameras that spotted it.
The mission of the lunar exploration project Chang'e-5 was a complete success. Prior to launch, China had reportedly targeted collecting up to 4kg of moon rocks in a bid to carry out prolonged experiments and studies. Why semiconductors are important in the US-China tech warChinese chip companies, flush with state funding, have been keen to lure top semiconductor talent from Taiwan to help build a domestic chip making industry.In his leaked resignation letter widely published in Chinese-language media, Liang said he was "astonished and puzzled" by the decision to hire Chiang.Liang said he has been fully dedicated to his job since being tapped as co-CEO in November 2017.
After a week's transit time, the spacecraft's orbiter sent a lander down to the lunar surface on December 1st.
The mission marks a moments occasion for China, as it makes it only the third country to successfully bring samples back from the Moon, after only the U.S. and the former USSR.
The official Xinhua news agency described the Chang'e-5 mission as one of the most challenging and complicated in China's aerospace history.
The latest breakthrough for China's increasingly ambitious space program that includes a robotic mission to Mars and plans for a permanent orbiting space station.
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Under President Xi Jinping, who took power in 2012, China's "space dream" has been put into overdrive.
"With this successful mission, China will be more confident of its own technologies", Chen Lan, an independent analyst at GoTaikonauts.com, which specialises in China's space programme, told AFP. The claim to the moon harks back to the space race of the 1960s and 1970s, an era that led to unprecedented achievements made by both Russian Federation and US in space missions while trying to compete with each other from both nuclear and ideological fronts.
"We are very welcoming (of joint research)", Xu said.
China will begin work on a Moon-base within the next decade to ready for future manned missions to the Red Planet.
Meanwhile China's Mars probe Tianwen-1 is now more than 100 million kms away from Earth and is functioning normally, the CNSA said on Tuesday.
The Chang'e 5 capsule was loaded onto a truck and then transported by helicopter and airplane to Beijing.
A Chinese lunar capsule returned to Earth on Thursday, the first new specimens of rock and debris from the moon in more than 40 years. Both Chang'e and the Soviet mission were unmanned.
The Apollo and Luna missions together had collected a total of 400kg worth of lunar samples.