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China launches mission Chang’e-5 to collect and return samples from the moon

China has launched an ambitious mission named Chang’e-5 on Tuesday to bring back rocks and debris from the moon’s surface,

This is country’s first attempt to retrieve samples from an extraterrestrial body in more than 40 years.

The mission Chang’e-5 is named after the ancient Chinese moon goddess and if successful it could boost human understanding of the moon and of the solar system more generally.

The successful mission would make China only the third country to have retrieved lunar samples, joining the United States and the Soviet Union.

The four modules of the Chang’e 5 spacecraft blasted off at just after 4:30 a.m. Tuesday (2030 GMT Monday, 3:30 p.m. EST Monday) atop a massive Long March-5Y rocket from the Wenchang launch center along the coast of China’s southern island province of Hainan.

The launch was broadcast live by the Chinese national broadcaster CCTV .


According to Pei Zhaoyu, a spokesman for the mission, the landing is due to take place in about eight days.

Upon entering the moon’s orbit, the spacecraft is meant to deploy a pair of vehicles to the lunar surface: a lander and an ascender.

The mission is due to be on the lunar surface for about two days, and the entire probe is scheduled to take around 23 days.

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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