China to fly sample return mission to Moon

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The competition heats up: The next Chinese lunar probe will be an unmanned sample return mission

They hope to fly it in the second half of 2017.


  • Andrew Jones

    Sample return in late 2017, Chang’e-4 lander/rover to the far side in late 2018, and potential Chang’e-6 far side sample return in the early 2020s if both of those are successful. Officials with the Chinese Academy of Sciences have outlined plans for missions the lunar poles following these in the 2020s. The Moon is hot again, it seems.

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  • Andrew Jones

    Robert: Very kind of you, sir.

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