China’s Chang’e 5 lands on the moon to collect the 1st fresh lunar samples in decades

China has apparently landed on the moon again — and this time the country plans to bring home some souvenirs. Chang’e 5, China’s first-ever sample-return mission, successfully touched down today (Dec. 1), according to state media reports. Details on the landing were not immediately available from the China National Space Administration, but the state-run CGTN […]

China is about to collect the first moon rocks since the 1970s

For the first time in almost half a century, scientists are going to get their hands on new moon rocks. The Chinese space agency’s Chang’e-5 spacecraft, which landed on the moon around 10:15 a.m. EST December 1, will scoop up lunar soil from a never-before-visited region and bring it back to Earth a few weeks […]