China’s Chang’e 5 probe lifts off from moon carrying lunar samples

China has launched a small spacecraft from the surface of the moon in the critical next step in the ambitious Chang’e 5 mission to bring lunar samples to Earth. The small probe, which sat on top of the Chang’e 5 lander, lifted off from Oceanus Procellarum at 10:10 EST Thursday (15:10 GMT/23:10 Beijing time) carrying […]

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 […]

Catch Monday morning’s subtle lunar eclipse

The Moon vs. the shadow of the Earth during Monday morning’s eclipse. Adapted from NASA/GSFC/F. Espenak graphic Howling at the Moon Sunday night? Sunday night into Monday morning November 30th features not only the penultimate Full Moon for 2020, but the final lunar eclipse of the year, with a penumbral eclipse of the Moon. The […]