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China launches lunar sample return mission
Posted: Fri, Nov 27, 2020, 11:03 AM ET (1603 GMT)
Long March 5 launch of Change-5 (Xinhua) China launched Monday a mission to land on the moon and collect samples for return to the Earth. The Long March 5 lifted off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center at 3:30 pm EST (2030 GMT), and Chinese officials said the Chang'e-5 spacecraft had deployed from its upper stage on its planned trajectory about 75 minutes later. The spacecraft will land at Mons Rümker on the moon, collect about two kilograms of samples and return to Earth, landing in China in mid-December. If successful, China will be only the third nation, after the United States and former Soviet Union, to bring back lunar samples.
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