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Offline Dalhousie

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Chang'e 5
« on: November 23, 2020, 04:47:34 PM »
The Chang'e 5 lunar sample return mission launched successfully from the Wenchang launch site a short time ago.  I watched the live broadcast which can be seen here



Launch is from 55 minutes in.

Landing will be ~November 27, and return to earth ~December 16–17.  Landing site is the Mons Rumker region of Oceanus Procellarum, known for it's cluster of small volcanic domes.

Offline raven

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Re: Chang'e 5
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2020, 05:51:30 PM »
I utterly and sincerely wish them the best. We haven't had  new samples from the moon since Luna 24 in 1976, far too long.

Offline JayUtah

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Re: Chang'e 5
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2020, 07:58:12 PM »
I very much want this mission to succeed.  Space exploration works best when every space program is constantly pushing its colleagues to attempt bold mission.  Plus I really admire the Long March 5.  Smooth LOX/LH2 engine starts, rock-solid guidance, flawless staging -- I have to admit it looked like a sweet ride.
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Offline Dalhousie

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Re: Chang'e 5
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2020, 05:10:03 PM »
I hope the landing will be broadcast live, like Chang'e 3/Yutu  1, which I watched on a HD TV in Thailand.  Chang'e 4/Yutu was not, sadly.  Although when released later it looked amazing.

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Re: Chang'e 5
« Reply #4 on: Today at 01:19:41 AM »
Timeline, AFAIK

LOI  ( Lunar orbital insertion)   Saturday  28th November
Moon Landing ( Mons Rumker  area, Ocean of Storms )  20:30 UTC   Sunday 29th November.
Lift Off from Moon  Wednesday December 2
rendezvous and docking   Lunar module and command  service module Friday 4th December
TEI  ( Trans Earth Injection )   Thursday December 10 -   112 hour  flight.
Landing  ( China) Tuesday 15 December

(from China space exploration group, FB)