BEIJING â€” China will launch a sample return mission to the Moon in 2017, officials say, while declaring complete success for the current Changâ€™e 3 mission to land and deploy a lunar rover. The next mission, Changâ€™e 4, will be similar to the current effort, using a backup spacecraft and rover, but will be adapted to prove technologies for the sample-return mission, Changâ€™e 5, says Wu Zhijian, a spokesman for the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National ...
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