China launches Chang’e-5 to collect, return moon samples

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China on Tuesday launched a spacecraft to collect and return samples from the moon, the country’s first attempt to retrieve samples from an extraterrestrial body.

A Long March-5 rocket, carrying the Chang’e-5 spacecraft, blasts off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the coast of southern island province of Hainan at 4:30 a.m. (Beijing Time), Nov. 24, 2020.

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