China’s Lunar Sample Return Mission Lifts Off

Chinese Chang’e 5 lunar lander
Credit: Planetary Society
The Chinese National Space Administration’s (CNSA) Chang’e 5 lunar sample return mission lifted off Nov. 23 U.S. time, initiating a planned 3-4-week excursion to gather the youngest-ever samples from the Moon’s surface. These are materials that could reveal what was happening on the Moon when...

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