A Chinese spacecraft has lifted off from the Moon with a cargo of lunar rocks,beginning the first stage of its return to Earth...
Chinese lunar exploration mission
Chang'e 5 was a robotic mission of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program. It was launched on 23 November 2020 at 20:30 UTC and landed on the Moon on 1 December 2020, before returning to Earth with lunar samples on 16 December 2020. Chang'e 5 was China's first sample return mission, which aimed to return at least 2 kilograms of lunar soil and rock samples back to the Earth. Like its predecessors, the spacecraft is named after the Chinese Moon goddess, Chang'e.