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China's Chang'e 5 successfully enters Earth's surface, lands in Mongolia with moon rocks in tow
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China's Chang'e 5 successfully enters Earth's surface, lands in Mongolia with moon rocks in tow

When the return capsule was about 10 kilometres above land, a parachute opened and it landed smoothly, after which a search team recovered it.

Chang'e 5 puts China's flag on the moon; canister with lunar rock, dirt to reach Earth by 17 Dec
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Chang'e 5 puts China's flag on the moon; canister with lunar rock, dirt to reach Earth by 17 Dec

The Chinese lunar probe consists of four separate modules working together - the orbiter, returner, the lander and the ascender - to bring the rocks back to Earth.

China's Chang'e 5 completes drilling into the moon almost two days after landing on the Ocean of Storms
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China's Chang'e 5 completes drilling into the moon almost two days after landing on the Ocean of Storms

The lander has begun drilling in the moon's surface using a robotic arm and will do so for two days to collect around two to four kgs of lunar samples to bring back.

China's new Chang'e-5 mission to collect moon rock samples and bring it back to earth
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China's new Chang'e-5 mission to collect moon rock samples and bring it back to earth

The original mission, planned for 2017, was delayed due to an engine failure in the Long March 5 rocket.

China moves Long March-5 rocket to launch site ahead of Chang'e 5 lunar lander launch
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China moves Long March-5 rocket to launch site ahead of Chang'e 5 lunar lander launch

Chang’e 5, scheduled to launch early next week, aims to put a lander on the moon to drill and scoop up rocks and debris to return to Earth.

To the Moon & back: Future missions planned by various countries to our natural satellite
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To the Moon & back: Future missions planned by various countries to our natural satellite

Even with all the progress we've made in space exploration, something's always taking us back to our natural satellite.

China invites partners to join project to collect samples from near-Earth asteroid
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China invites partners to join project to collect samples from near-Earth asteroid

The 10-year mission involves a probe to sample an asteroid & an orbiter to study a comet.

China plans moon base built from 3D printed material after far-side success
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China plans moon base built from 3D printed material after far-side success

China discussed plans for future moon missions basking in the recent success of Chang'e-4.

After successful rover mission China seeks to establish international lunar base
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After successful rover mission China seeks to establish international lunar base

China seeks to establish international lunar base using 3D printing technology after successful rover mission

China's Chang'e-4 moon rover 'Jade Rabbit' takes a drive on the moon's far side
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China's Chang'e-4 moon rover 'Jade Rabbit' takes a drive on the moon's far side

Beijing plans to send another lander, Chang'e-5, later this year to return with samples from the far side.

Why is China's Chang'e-4 lunar mission to the far side of the Moon a big deal?
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Why is China's Chang'e-4 lunar mission to the far side of the Moon a big deal?

The Chang'e-4 mission is also part of China's ambitions to further its space and geopolitical goals.

China prepares for historic mission to land on Moon's dark side on 8 December
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China prepares for historic mission to land on Moon's dark side on 8 December

The mission's success places China as the only nation to visit the Moon's face invisible to Earth.

China announces its plans to launch a lunar space probe for samples from moon before year's end
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China announces its plans to launch a lunar space probe for samples from moon before year's end

China announced plans on Tuesday to launch a space probe to bring back samples from the moon before the end of the year, in what state media cast as competition to U.S. President Donald Trump's ambitions to revitalise U.S. space exploration.

China is planning to undertake 30 space launch missions in 2017
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China is planning to undertake 30 space launch missions in 2017

China plans to conduct some 30 space launch missions in 2017, a record-breaking number in the country's space history, said China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

Chinese lunar probe to land on moon, return in 2017
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Chinese lunar probe to land on moon, return in 2017

China will send lunar probe Chang'e 5 to land on the moon and return with samples in the second half of 2017, officials said on Friday.