back to article China prepares for launch of Chang'e 5 mission to Moon, which would make it third nation to return lunar sample

China's ambitious Chang'e 5 lunar sample return mission kicks off tonight with a launch from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province. The launch window opens at 20:00 UTC and follows the country's successful Chang'e 4 mission, which saw a soft landing on the far side of the Moon and the Yutu-2 trundlebot make its …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Go

    I sincerely

    with them the best of luck. Anything that is successful in this year of total hell is good news.

    Cheers… Ishy

  2. Nursing A Semi

    Waiting for trump to tweet...

    China attempts to infect the moon with Covid 19!

    1. Lars Silver badge
      Happy

      Re: Waiting for trump to tweet...

      Only if Fox and twats have anything about this.

    2. Jason Bloomberg
      Joke

      Re: Waiting for trump to tweet...

      I believe China is trying to steal the moon, one sack load at a time.

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: Waiting for trump to tweet...

        200g? That's not even nearly half a pocket full!

  3. Claverhouse Silver badge
    Mushroom

    Hate Conquers All

    Tragic Junko will be watching Chang'e II carefully.

  4. six_tymes

    and the US did it in 1969 with little technology. you are a bit slow china.

  5. Elledan Silver badge

    Great launch

    Just saw the launch over at CGTN's live stream, with commentary by two specialists involved in the Chang'e project.

    Launch of the Long March 5 rocket went off without a hitch, all through Max-Q, MECO, stage separation, SECO-1, coast phase, restart, SECO-2 and finally the deployment of the Chang'e 5 payload.

    Seeing the Earth in its full glory on the camera pointing back from the second stage was very touching. That would have been a similar view as the Apollo mission crews would have seen on their way to LTO and the Moon. The Big Blue Marble, indeed.

    So happy to see what feels like a revival of space exploration after the last Apollo missions got scrapped along with their Saturn Vs. Here's to science and humankind's future.

    1. Mark Exclamation
      Joke

      Re: Great launch

      Obviously everything you saw was completely fake - the earth is actually flat, not marble-shaped...!

  6. spold

    Hmmmm...

    ...world's most expensive Chinese take-out?

  7. Spherical Cow Silver badge
    Joke

    "While Yutu-2 may still be on the Moon"

    You mean it may not be?! I suppose the Iron Chicken could have nicked it.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Nothing there...

    The moon gets 2Kg lighter and the earth gets 2Kg heavier.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Nothing there...

      But presumably the lander stays there so the moon gets heavier and earth gets lighter.

      Overall we must have dumped tons of junk on the moon

      1. Spherical Cow Silver badge

        Re: Nothing there...

        Earth also gets heavier from lunar meteorites. Similar transfer in the other direction is possible but less common.

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