The Moon.  Credit: NASA

China is preparing to send its lunar probe, Chang’e 5, to the Moon next year.

The mission will include an exploration of the Moon’s north and south poles.

According to a story in the Science World Report, the lunar probe by China is going to be a significant one because the shadowed craters of the Moon supposedly contain water ice caused by comet bombardment, and the water not only gives the satellite a habitable angle, but it can also be refined into oxygen and hydrogen. The lunar surface could be a refueling point for future spacecraft traveling to outer space.

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