China’s sampling of the far side of the moon is underway

China’s Chang’e-6 lunar mission has carried out a successful far side touchdown and is already busily gathering specimens for send-off to Earth.

The first batch of data has been relayed from the Chang’e 6 lander-ascender combination following its arrival on Sunday morning (Beijing Time). The landing was aided by China’s newly positioned Queqiao-2 relay satellite to provide a stable communications link to mission controllers on Earth.

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