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China's Chang'e 5 landed on the moon

on 02 December 2020

China's Chang'e 5 mission, of the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA), successfully touched down on 1 December 2020 at 15:11GMT (17:11 Romanian time) near Mons Rümker, a mountain in the Oceanus Procellarum.

The aim of the mission is to collect samples of rock and dust to bring back to Earth. The probe will spend the next couple of days examining its surroundings and gathering up surface materials.

The mission’s objective is to collect about 2kg of "soil", or regolith, to send up to an orbiting vehicle that can then transport the samples to Earth.

The Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) and the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) previously signed an agreement of cooperation on the exploration and peaceful use of outer space. The agreement, signed on 3 July 2017, proposed cooperation in the following areas: space science and astrophysics, applications based on Earth Observation satellite data, climate change and environment, space technology, research instruments, infrastructure, launching services and more.

ROSA would like to congratulate CNSA on its successful mission!

Image credit: CNSA (main image); ROSA