China launches Chang’e-5

The graphic shows China launching the Chang'e-5 spacecraft from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the coast of China's southern island province of Hainan, Nov. 24, 2020. (Xinhua/Shi Manke)

BEIJING, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) — China Tuesday launched a spacecraft to collect and return samples from the moon, the country’s first attempt to retrieve samples from an extraterrestrial body.

Chang’e-5 is one of the most complicated and challenging missions in China’s aerospace history, as well as the world’s first moon-sample mission for more than 40 years.

The graphic shows China launching the Chang’e-5 spacecraft from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the coast of China’s southern island province of Hainan, Nov. 24, 2020. (Xinhua/Shi Manke)