Chang’e 5 sam­ple re­turn mis­sion to the Moon

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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

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