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China set to attempt first lunar sample return mission in four decades

1 month ago   |   By Spaceflight Now

A Chinese Long March 5 rocket rolls out of its assembly building at the Wenchang launch base Nov. 17 with the Chang'e 5 spacecraft. Credit: CASC/CLEP
Chinese scientists and engineers are counting down to launch of a heavy-lift Long March 5 rocket Monday with the Chang'e 5 mission, an ambitious attempt to land on the moon, drill samples from beneath the lunar surface, and return the material to Earth.
The mission is set for launch around 3:35 p.m. EST from the Wenchang space center on Hainan Island, China's newest spaceport, according to the European Space Agency, which is providing...
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Live coverage: China set to launch lunar sample return mission

Live coverage: China set to launch lunar sample return mission

1 month ago   |   By Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the Chinese Chang'e 5 lunar sample return mission launching on a Long March 5 rocket. Text updates will appear automatically below. Follow us on Twitter.
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