Watch again as China launches Change’6 spacecraft to far side of moon

Lucy Leeson
Friday 03 May 2024 14:43 BST

Watch again as China launched its Change’6 spacecraft to the far side of the moon on Friday (3 May).

The robotic spacecraft is aiming to become the first mission to collect rock and soil samples from the far side of the moon.

It is expected to land on the northeastern side of the huge South Pole-Aitken Basin, the oldest impact crater in the solar system.

Once the spacecraft has landed, it will collect samples to be brought back to Earth.

If successful, it will be the first time scientists have been able to study what is on the moon's far side.

The mission is estimated to last for around 53 days and is expected to collect around 2kg of material using a scoop and a drill.

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