Chang’e 5 Collects Samples, Ascent Stage Takes Off

Artist's concept of Chang’e 5.
Credit: CNSA
SYDNEY—The ascent stage of China’s Chang’e 5 sample-return mission has taken off from the Moon’s surface ahead of a docking in lunar orbit. The stage, called the ascender, is carrying 2 kg (4.4 lb.) of soil and rocks, including 0.5 kg from a depth of about 2 m (7 ft.). These were collected in about...
Bradley Perrett

Bradley Perrett covered China, Japan, South Korea and Australia. He is a Mandarin-speaking Australian.

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