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What is China's Chang'e 5 mission to the moon?
China is working to launch a lunar space probe that is aimed at bringing back samples from the moon. The mission named Chang'e 5 is scheduled to be launched before the end of this year.

As per reports from the Chinese state media, the mission is China's reply to US President Donald Trump's ambitions to revitalize US space exploration.

Chinese scientists are performing final round of tests on Chang'e 5 lunar probe and are planning to keep the mission ready for launch by August this year.

Reports quoted Hu Hao, an official from China's Lunar Exploration Programme, describing the mission as "one of China's most complicated and difficult space missions". The probe probe would gather samples from moon and return to Earth with a high-speed re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere.

State-run People's Daily newspaper had last month cited the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) – claiming that China is planning to launch Chang'e – 5 in November this year.

Change's 5 will be China's first automated moon surface sampling mission as well as the first mission to take-off from the surface of moon. And another surprising fact is that the mission will also be the first return flight in a speed close to second cosmic velocity.

The probe will be lifted by a heavy-lift Long March 5 rocket and it will be launched from Wenchang Space Launch Centre in Hainan Province. Long March 5 has a payload capacity only slightly less than the Delta IV Heavy - currently the most powerful rocket in the world which can carry over 28 tons of payload to low-Earth orbit

Chang'e 5 would be China's fourth moon mission with the country having already accomplished successful launch of two lunar orbiters—Chang'e 1 and 2—and one lander—Chang'e 3.

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