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Unmanned Spaceflight.com _ Chang'e program _ Chang'E 6 south polar sample return

Posted by: Phil Stooke Aug 11 2017, 05:46 AM

https://www.chinaspaceflight.com/satellite/Deepspace/CE-6/CE-6.html

CE-6 now being touted for 2020 and a south polar target. The rim of Shackleton crater is suggested, probably just for a mission simulation rather than serious site planning at this stage. I had been hearing about two polar landers in the 2023-2025 period (roughly) in addition to and following CE-6, which I had assumed was going to the same general region as CE-4. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Posted by: A.Nemo Jun 4 2019, 02:46 AM

as a copy and backup of CE-5, CE-6 will be launched in 2024.
if CE-5 fails in 2019 or 2020, CE-6 will be launched within two years.

 

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