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Chang’e-5 collecting lunar samples


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Dec. 2, 2020

Collecting sample from lunar surface

Chang’e-5 landed on the near side of the Moon, near 51.8 degrees west longitude and 43.1 degrees north latitude, on 1 December 2020, at 15:11 UTC. The lander started drilling for samples, collecting samples from the surface and storing them in the ascent module. According to CNSA, Chang’e-5 finished the tasks on 1 December 2020, at 20:53 (2 December, 04:53 China Standard Time). The lander also made observations of the nearby lunar rocks.

Chang’e-5 collecting lunar samples

Chang’e-5 landing seen from the onboard camera. China’s Chang’e-5 lunar mission has successfully landed on the near side of the Moon, near Mons Rümker, a volcanic complex in the northern region of Oceanus Procellarum, on 1 December 2020, at 15:11 UTC (23:11 China Standard Time).

Chang’e-5 landing (Onboard Camera View)

According to Lin Yangting (professor, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences), a joint team will be formed with European researchers to study the samples, part of the cooperation with the European Space Agency.

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