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Chang'e 6



Chang'e 6 is a lunar lander and sample return mission targeting the far side of the Moon within the South Pole Aitken Basin. It is scheduled to launch in 2024, as early as May, on a Long March 5 booster from Wenchang launch center. The spacecraft comprises four modules, a service module, lander, ascent vehicle, and reentry capsule, and has a launch mass of 8200 kg and a landed mass of roughly 3200 kg.

The mission objective is to collect about 2 kg of material from the far side of the Moon and bring it back to Earth. It will use a scoop and a drill, in order to obtain samples from the surface and from as deep as 2 meters below he surface. The samples will be placed in an ascent vehicle, mounted on top of the lander, which will bring the samples to lunar orbit. There the samples will be transfered to an orbiting service module, placed in a reentry capsule and brought back to Earth. The planned landing site is in the south Apollo crater, 41-45 degrees S, 150-158 degrees W. Total mission time is 53 days.

Chang'e 6 will have landing and survey cameras, and will be carrying an instrument from France, Detection of Outgassing RadoN (DORN), as well as Negative Ions at the Lunar Surface (NILS), contributed by Sweden and ESA. A laser retroreflector (INRRI) from Italy and the ICUBE-Q cubesat from Pakistan will also be on the mission.

The lander will use the Queqiao-2 relay satellite to communicate with Earth from the far side.

Alternate Names

  • Change6

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 
Launch Vehicle: Long March 5
Launch Site: Wenchang, Peoples Republic of China
Mass: 8200 kg

Funding Agency

  • China National Space Administration (Peoples Republic of China)


  • Planetary Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Dr. David R. Williams



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