Chang’e 5 sample return mission to the Moon
Postponed due to failures with China’s Long March 5 launch vehicle in 2017, Chang’e 5 will be the first lunar sample-return mission since the former Soviet Union’s Luna 24 back in 1976 and aims to bring back at least two kilograms (4.4 pounds) of Moon rock. The region selected for this sample collection is Mons Rümker, a volcanic formation in the Ocean of Storms in the northwest of the Moon’s nearside.
China has previously proven it is capable of performing a lunar landing, having had success with 2013’s Chang’e 3 lander and Yutu rover, cementing the country’s place as a growing power in space exploration.
Chang’e 5 aims to bring Moon rock back for research