Moonshot 2020

Dec 04 , 2020 | Innovation

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The Chang’e 5 lunar vessel has landed on the moon—gathering samples from the moon's surface for the first time in 44 years. It’s a scientific feat and testament to human ingenuity. And it’s a symbolic mission for China, where people look to the moon to guide their calendar and holidays. Our Host James Chau describes the technology onboard the spacecraft and what the mission could teach us about the moon.


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