China's Chang'e-5 Landing Site
The Chang’e-5 mission is China’s first lunar sample return mission and the first sampling attempt since Luna-24 in 1976. CE-5 landed on December 1, 2020 at 43.1°N, 51.8°W in Northern Oceanus Procellarum, collected 1731 g of lunar samples, including ~1 m of drilling core and ~1.5 kg of scooped surface samples, and returned to the Earth on December 17, 2020. The CE-5 landing site is ~170 km ENE of Mons Rümker, and is characterized by some of the youngest mare basalts on the Moon, which were never sampled before. These young mare basalts have enormous potential for improving our understanding of the recent thermal evolution and impact history of the Moon. This presentation will introduce the Chang’e-5 mission, the Chang’e-5 mission landing site, and our recent studies on the landing site.
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Host: Brad Jolliff
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