Chinese Chang'e 5 Sample-Return Mission Lands on Moon, 2020

The aim of China’s Chang’e 5 mission is to return samples of lunar soil to Earth by the end of 2020.


Chang’e 5, China’s first-ever sample-return mission, touched down on 1st December 2020 in the moon’s Ocean of Storms region, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said in a statement. The state-run CGTN news channel initially announced the landing success. 

If all goes according to plan, the lander will spend the next few days collecting about 4.4 lbs. (2 kg) of lunar material, some of it dug from up to 6.5 feet (2 meters) beneath the lunar surface. 

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