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