Scientists say the new mineral and subsequent study are important to understanding the origin and evolution of the Moon.
China discovers new mineral on Moon
Chinese scientists have discovered a previously unknown mineral on the Moon in a breakthrough that brings them a step closer to understanding the origin and evolution of the satellite.
State media said the discovery made China the third country, after the United States and Russia, to find a new mineral on the lunar surface.
China Atomic Energy Authority vice chairman Dong Baotong told reporters on Friday the mineral has been named Changesite-(Y).
The official Global Times, quoting Baotong, said it is a phosphate mineral in columnar crystal found in lunar basalt particles.