#China's Chang'e-5

  • China's Chang'e-5 lands on moon to retrieve samples

    -- China's Chang'e-5 spacecraft successfully landed on the near side of the moon late Tuesday

    -- The lander has carried out a series of status checks and settings, preparing for around 48 hours of work on the surface of the moon.

    -- About 2 kg of samples are expected to be collected and sealed in a container.

    -- Chang'e-5 will carry out an unmanned rendezvous and docking in a lunar orbit around 380,000 km away, a first in the history of space exploration. The orbiter is expected to carry the returner back to Earth.

  • China's Chang'e-5 retrieves 1,731 grams of moon samples

    China's Chang'e-5 probe retrieved about 1,731 grams of samples from the moon, according to the China National Space Administration.

    The samples were transferred to the Chinese research teams Saturday morning.

    Scientists will carry out the storage, analysis and research of the country's first samples collected from the extraterrestrial object.

    The return capsule of Chang'e-5 probe landed in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the early hours of Thursday, bringing back the samples collected from the moon.