If the mission is completed as planned, it would make China the third nation to have retrieved lunar samples after the United States and the Soviet Union.
It has been four decades since lunar samples were retrieved to Earth in the 1970s to help scientists learn about the moon's origins, formation and volcanic activity on its surface.
The launch took place on the same date that NASA's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon in 1969, marking a defining moment in the so-called "space race" with the Soviet Union.
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong became the first person to step on the lunar surface followed by Buzz Aldrin.
The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book used by US astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to land on the moon in 1969 could fetch up to $9 million, New York auctioneers say
2017 may be a landmark year, with the first commercial moon landing approved to take place.
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