三星堆銘文祭司首, H. 20cm, 1985grams, Sanxingdui Culture Characters

bone-characters 本器三星堆銘文祭司首, 蛇紋石玉(refractive reading: 1,55)雕琢, 經頸部施陽紋[月祖][寅名]. 象徵祭司於寅時祭祀月神.Compare to the bone characters of the Shang Dynasty, some of the Sanxingdui Culture characters seem to have some similarities. Carved with yellow tone serpentine jade, the characters on the neck read 月祖 and 寅名. The carving is a priest headstand signifying the priest prays to the moon god between the hours of 3-5 am.

嫦娥五號成功在月球著陸,中國太空計劃更進一步

Chang’e-5 promises new lunar science as well as more ambitious future missions

HELSINKI — China has recovered precious lunar samples after a successful reentry and landing of the Chang’e-5 return capsule.

The roughly 300-kilogram Chang’e-5 return capsule performed a ballistic skip reentry at 12:33 p.m. Eastern Dec. 16, effectively bouncing off the atmosphere over the Arabian Sea before reentry.

The capsule containing around 2 kilograms of drilled and scooped lunar material landed in the grasslands of Siziwang Banner at 12:59 p.m. Recovery vehicles located the capsule shortly after.

The recovery ends the space segment of the 23-day Chang’e-5 mission which aimed to collect rock samples thought to be billions of years younger than so far delivered by the U.S. Apollo and Soviet Luna missions.