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Chang'e 5



Chang'e 5 is a Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) lunar sample return mission scheduled to launch about 30 November 2017. The mission goal is to land in the Mons Rumker region and return a 2 kg sample of lunar regolith, possibly from as deep as 2 meters. The mission is reported to consist of four modules. Two of the modules will land on the Moon, one designed to collect samples and transfer them to the second module, designed to ascend from the lunar surface into orbit, where it will dock with a third module. Finally the samples will be transferred to the fourth module, also in lunar orbit, which will return them to Earth. The spacecraft has a total mass of approximately 8200 kg and carries a Panoramic Camera (PCAM), Lunar Regolith Penetrating Radar (LRPR), and the Lunar Mineralogical Spectrometer (LMS).

The Chang'e 5-T1, launched in 2014, was a test flight to validate the atmospheric re-entry design of the sample return capsule.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2019-12-31
    Launch Vehicle: Long March 5
    Launch Site: , Peoples Republic of China

    Funding Agency

    • China National Space Administration (Peoples Republic of China)


    • Planetary Science

    Additional Information

    Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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