China says probe sent to retrieve lunar rocks lands on moon

The Chinese government says the Chang'e 5 has landed on the moon.  The Chinese government says the Chang'e 5 has landed on the moon.  |  Photo: WDIO/MGN

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Created: December 01, 2020 10:10 AM

BEIJING (AP) - The Chinese government says a robot probe launched to return lunar rocks to Earth has landed on the moon. The official China News Service said the Chang'e 5 “successfully landed on the moon in the pre-selected landing area.” It gave no more details.

The probe was launched Nov. 24 from the tropical southern island of Hainan and adds to a string of increasingly bold missions by a Chinese space program that aims eventually to land a human on the moon.

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