Chinese capsule returns to Earth carrying moon rocks
December 16, 2020
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese lunar capsule returned to Earth Thursday with the first fresh samples of rock and debris from the moon in more than 40 years.
The capsule of the Chang'e 5 probe landed in the Siziwang district of the Inner Mongolia region, state media reported shortly after 2:00 a.m. (1800 GMT).
The capsule earlier separated from its orbiter module and performed a bounce off the Earth's atmosphere to reduce its speed before passing through and floating to the ground on parachutes.
Two of the Chang'e 5's four modules set down on the moon on Dec. 1 and collected about 2 kilograms...