A container specially designed to hold the lunar earth for display at the National Museum of China finally shows the samples brought in late last year by the Chang’e 5 mission .
The exhibition will be open to the public in March.
The synthetic quartz stand reproduces the zun, a supreme bronze wine vessel that was often used for grand ceremonies in the Shang (16th-11th century BC) and Zhou (11th-771 BC) dynasties. The lunar earth will be placed in a hollow globe in the center of the bracket.
The sample is among the 60 grams recovered by a 23-day robotic mission. Chang’e 5 launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province on November 24 and landed on the Moon on December 1 .
More than 40 years have passed since missions by the United States and the then Soviet Union collected rocks and lunar soil to be analyzed on our planet.