Chang’e 5 lu­nar probe to Moon and back in 2017

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China will send lu­nar probe Chang'e 5 to land on the moon and re­turn with lu­nar sam­ples in the sec­ond half of 2017, ac­cord­ing to State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and In­dus­try for Na­tional De­fense (SASTIND).

It will be the first time for a Chi­nese probe to land on the moon, col­lect sam­ples and re­turn to Earth, and the third stage of China's lu­nar ex­plo­ration en­deavor, said the SASTIND.

The first stage of lu­nar ex­pe­di­tion was achieved by send­ing Chang'e 1, a cir­cum­lu­nar satel­lite, in 2007. China landed its first lu­nar probe Chang'e 3 on the sur­face of the moon in 2013.

China is also plan­ning to be the first coun­try to land on the far side of the moon. That mis­sion will be car­ried out by Chang'e-4, a backup for Chang'e-3, and is due to be launched in 2018, ac­cord­ing to SASTIND.

China plans to or­bit Mars, land and de­ploy a rover around 2020.

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