Chinese President Xi Jinping met space scientists and engineers involved in the Chang’e-5 lunar mission at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Monday. Xi inspected specimens from the Moon brought back by the return sample mission.
Credit: CCTV/Inside Outer Space screengrab

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping met space scientists and engineers involved in the research and development of the Chang’e-5 lunar mission at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Monday. Xi inspected specimens from the Moon brought back by the return sample mission.

Credit: CCTV/Inside Outer Space screengrab

 

The successful Chang’e-5 lunar mission retrieved about 4 pounds (1,731 grams) of samples. Its lander-ascender combination successfully touched down on the near side of the Moon on December 1, collecting samples from both the lunar surface and beneath.

Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects Chang’e-5 lunar sample return capsule. Zhang Kejian, Director of the China National Space Administration advises President Xi about the mission.
Credit: CCTV/Inside Outer Space screengrab

The ascender later rocketed the specimens off the Moon for transfer to an orbiter/returner for transport back to Earth.

A return capsule containing the lunar collectibles landed in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the early hours of December 17.

 

 

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https://youtu.be/M2vm1IFBYhQ

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