Looking ahead at the year in space 2021

The pace of space exploration appears to have been meteoric in recent years, and 2021 has some major milestones to look forward to. From maiden flights to fiery endings, long-awaited launches to history-making first steps, here are some of the biggest … Continue reading Looking ahead at the year in space 2021

After 44 Years, China Becomes the Third Country To Return Moon Samples To Earth

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In the first return of a lunar sample since the Soviets in 1976, the Chang’e 5 spacecraft landed Thursday in Inner Mongolia with 2 kilograms of material drilled from as much as two meters below the surface… On … Continue reading After 44 Years, China Becomes the Third Country To Return Moon Samples To Earth

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China’s lunar sampler lands in Mongolia with Moon dust onboard

China’s landmark lunar sampling mission has drawn to a close, with the Chang’e-5 lander touching down in Mongolia with the first rocks and dust collected from the Moon in decades. Described as one of the most challenging endeavors the country has ever … Continue reading China’s lunar sampler lands in Mongolia with Moon dust onboard

China’s Moon Mission Was About More than Rocks

If everything goes according to plan, China will soon become the third country behind the United States and the Soviet Union to successfully return a sample of lunar material. Their Chang’e 5 mission, which was designed to collect 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of soil and rock from the Moon’s surface, …read more

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Chang’e-5 nails docking and transfers lunar samples for return to Earth

China’s landmark Chang’e-5 mission has passed another milestone, with the spacecraft’s lander successfully lifting off from the Moon to dock with the orbiter module after gathering samples from the surface. This marks a first for China, and sets the st… Continue reading Chang’e-5 nails docking and transfers lunar samples for return to Earth

China’s Chang’e-5 lunar sampler makes it to the Moon

A landmark mission to collect rocks and dust from the surface of the Moon is progressing as planned, with China’s Chang’e-5 lander safely touching down on the lunar surface nine days after lift-off. If the next phases of the mission prove equally succe… Continue reading China’s Chang’e-5 lunar sampler makes it to the Moon

Spacing Out: Rocks From The Moon, Rocks From Mars, A Near Miss, And Some Interesting Launches

Sure, the SpaceX crew made it safely to the ISS, but there’s plenty happening beyond just that particular horizon. The Chinese National Space Administration have launched their Chang’e 5 mission to collect and return lunar rock samples, a collaboration between NASA and ESA to do the same with samples from …read more

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There will be a remote-control car race on the Moon in 2021. Seriously.

An extremely odd project is planning to hold a remote-controlled car race next October … On the surface of the Moon. What’s more, the two racecars will be partially designed by high school kids, and McLaren P1 designer Frank Stephenson is involved.Co… Continue reading There will be a remote-control car race on the Moon in 2021. Seriously.

China launches first mission to collect Moon rock samples since 1976

The China National Space Administration is pressing ahead with its trailblazing lunar exploration program, following last year’s historic Chang’e-4 touchdown with a new mission to bring Moon rocks back to Earth for study. The Chang’e-5 mission successf… Continue reading China launches first mission to collect Moon rock samples since 1976