Lunar rocks brought back from Chang’e 5 exhibited in Wan Chai Convention Centre from tomorrow till 9th July

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26th June 2021 – (Hong Kong)  The Chinese lunar probe “Chang’e 5” successfully brought back 2 kilograms of lunar soil to the earth in December last year and it was exhibited in Beijing early this year. Hong Kong citizens can see part of the lunar rocks exhibited at the Wan Chai Convention and Exhibition from tomorrow onwards to 9th July.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition was held today (26th). Many government officials and mainland aerospace scientists who have recently visited Hong Kong attended the officiating ceremony.

Picture credit: Xinhua News Agency

Located in the 3D exhibition hall of the exhibition, the “The Centennial Chinese Scientist Theme Exhibition” will show the lunar soil and the equipment used for sampling. The lunar soil is placed in a glass sphere, in the form of fine particles, containing fine mineral particles, rock fragments and vitreous particles. It is mainly composed of oxygen, aluminium, silicon, iron, magnesium, calcium and other elements. The texture is dry and does not contains organic nutrients. Devices for sampling and sealing the lunar soil are also exhibited at the scene.

There is also a 1:2 scale model of the “Chang’e-5” orbiter, lander and ascender. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University also has an exhibition showing the participation of students on the “Chang’e 5” mission.

In addition, visitors can also simulate the situation of landing on the moon through virtual reality, and have a taste of what it is like to be an astronaut. The organiser stated that the exchanges with the delegation of mainland aerospace scientists were deeply inspired. China’s aerospace industry had a late start and poor R&D conditions, but the spirit of love and selfless dedication has continued to catch up and finally achieved impressive results. Hong Kong has strong strength and foundation for the development of aerospace industry. It is hoped that more young people will join in space mission. This exhibition is aimed to stimulate young people’s interest in popular science education.

Exhibition date: 27th June – 9th July (Closed on 30th June and 1st July)

Opening hours:

Mondays to Fridays: 10am to 6pm.

Saturdays and Sundays: 10am to 8pm

Venue: Hall 3D, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai