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Jan 15, 2019 08:34 PM
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China Lays Out Plans for Four More Moon Missions

On Jan. 11, the Chinese authorities announced that the Chang'e-4 lander and the Yutu 2 rover were working normally. Photo: VCG
On Jan. 11, the Chinese authorities announced that the Chang'e-4 lander and the Yutu 2 rover were working normally. Photo: VCG

China laid out plans for four additional moon missions including one later this year to collect and return samples to Earth for analysis, and reiterated its aim to reach Mars by next year.

Speaking at a press conference (link in Chinese) on Monday, deputy head of China’s National Space Administration Wu Yanhua announced that the Chang’e-5, the follow-up to Chang’e-4 which successfully landed on the moon’s far side earlier this month, would launch later in 2019.

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