China sets launch window for mission to moon

The Chang'e-5 probe is being sent to bring back lunar rocks

  
An image of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen inside a building at the Wenchang Space Launch Center before the launch by the Long March-5 Y5 rocket, in Hainan Province, China November 23, 2020.

An image of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen inside a building at the Wenchang Space Launch Center before the launch by the Long March-5 Y5 rocket, in Hainan Province, China November 23, 2020.

Reuters/Tingshu Wang

China plans to launch an unmanned spacecraft to the moon between 4 am and 5 am Beijing time on Tuesday (2000-2100 GMT on Monday), the official Xinhua news agency said, citing information from the country's National Space Administration.

The Chang'e-5 probe, to be launched from China's southern Hainan province, is being sent to bring back lunar rocks in the first attempt by any country to retrieve samples from the moon since the 1970s.

(Reporting by Tom Daly; Editing by Toby Chopra) ((tom.daly@thomsonreuters.com; +86 10 5669 2119;))

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