Chang'e 5 returns home with lunar samples

2020-12-17 12:00:05

A recovery staff member works at the landing site of the return capsule of Chang'e-5 probe in Siziwang banner, North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, on Dec 17, 2020. [Photo by Wang Jiangbo/For China Daily] China's most sophisticated and challenging space adventure – the Chang'e 5 robotic lunar mission – ended successfully early Thursday morning with its load of rocks and dust from the moon landing on the grasslands in northern China. The China National Space Administration said in a statement that Chang'e 5's reentry capsule touched down on its preset landing site in Siziwang banner of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region at 1:59 am. The recovery team will make initial processing of the capsule and then use a plane to transport it to Beijing where it will be opened for technicians to remove the container holding lunar samples, the administration said. The reentry and landing started around 1 am when mission controllers uploaded high-accuracy navigation data to the orbiter-reentry capsule combination that was traveling around the Earth.