Chang’e-6 Departs for Earth Carrying the First Samples from the Far Side of the Moon

The Chang’e-6 spacecraft from China is traveling to Earth to deliver samples that were gathered on the moon’s far side. Around June 21, the Chang’e-6 service module most likely started its engines in preparation for a trans-Earth injection. The spacecraft is currently in the last Continue Reading

Chang’e-6 Launches into Lunar Orbit Before Attempting a Far-Side Landing

In an additional step toward gathering lunar samples, China’s Chang’e-6 lunar far side sample return spacecraft reached orbit around the moon late on Tuesday. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) said that the Chang’e-6 orbiter successfully performed a braking burn at 10:21 p.m. Eastern on Continue Reading