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China’s Chang’e 5 mission has successfully landed on the moon

The lander is expected to begin drilling operations very soon for lunar material that it will bring back to Earth
by Neel V. Patel

China has just landed a new spacecraft on the surface of the moon. The mission, Chang’e 5, will collect lunar rocks and soil to bring back to Earth, as part of China’s first-ever sample return mission.

What happened: China launched Chang’e 5 on November 23. On Sunday, while in lunar orbit, Chang’e 5 separated into two parts: an orbiter and return capsule that would remain in lunar orbit, and a lander and ascent stage that would make its way to the surface a couple of days later.

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