Chang’e-6 sample transfer

7 June 2024
2024-06-07 16:17

The first-ever samples collected from the far side of the moon were successfully transferred from the Chang’e-6 ascender to the returner module on Thursday and are set to return to Earth, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

The ascender of China’s Chang’e-6 probe successfully rendezvoused and docked with the probe’s orbiter-returner combination in lunar orbit at 14:48 Beijing Time on Thursday, the CNSA announced. After re-uniting with the orbiter and completing the sample transfer, the combination will now continue to orbit the moon while awaiting the optimal time to start its return journey back to Earth.

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