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China Successfully Lands Chang'e-5 Lunar Sample Mission on the Moon

• https://www.vice.com by Jordan Pearson

Chinese state media is reporting that the Chang'e-5 lunar sample return mission has successfully landed on the Moon's surface. The mission will gather samples of Moon rocks for the first time since the 1970s and joins two other Chinese landers, one of which is currently exploring the lunar surface.

The landing was dramatic, with the live CCTV feed seemingly disappearing just minutes before the lander was supposed to make its descent to the surface. The disruption led to confusion and speculation about whether the mission was still a go on live streams watching the launch

Soon, though, the live stream reappeared and showed footage of the Chang'e-5 lander making a successful descent to the Moon. Independent confirmation of the landing by amateur radio operators followed, as well as statements from state media. 


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