This infographic illustrates the major key points to the Chang’e 5 mission, stating launch time was November 24, 2020 Beijing time. Launch site was from Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site, located below Xichang Satellite Launch Site, where previous Chang’e 5 missions launched. Launch vehicle was a Long March-5 Y5. Landing area on the moon was Mons Rumker, a 1,300 meter high volcanic complex in the northern region of Oceanus Procellarum on the moon’s near side. Major task is to bring back to Earth 2 kilograms of debris and soil from the moon. Note, humanity hasn’t returned samples from the moon since 1976. Chang’e 5 mission will realize five firsts in China’s space history, being the first collection os ampler from a celestial body, first time a probe takes off from the surface of a celestial body, first unmanned rendezvous and docking in lunar orbit, first return to Earth with samples in escape velocity, and first research and analysis of moon samples.

The mission, named after the ancient Chinese goddess of the moon, will seek to collect lunar material to help scientists understand more about the moon’s origins and formation. Image via China Global Television Network.

November 27, 2020

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