Chang'e 6

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Chang'e 6
Mission type Surface sample return
Operator CNSA
Start of mission
Launch date c. 2020
Rocket Chang Zheng 5
Launch site Wenchang
Orbital parameters
Reference system Selenocentric
Lunar orbiter
Orbital insertion c. 2020
Lunar lander
Landing date c. 2020
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Chinese Lunar Exploration Program
← Chang'e 5

Chang'e 6 (Chinese: 嫦娥六号; pinyin: Cháng'é liùhào) is an unmanned Chinese lunar exploration mission currently speculated to be under development, which is expected to land on the Moon before 2020.[1][2] Chang'e 6 will be China's second sample return mission. Like its predecessors, the spacecraft is named after the Chinese moon goddess Chang'e.

Mission profile

The probe will be launched by Long March 5 rocket in Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan Island.

References

  1. "China Plans 2017 Lunar Sample-Return Mission". Aviationweek. Dec 16, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. http://spaceref.com/asia/the-new-race-for-the-moon.html