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China's Chang'e-6 completes docking in lunar orbit with samples transferred to returner
SOURCE: Xinhua     UPDATED: 2024-06-06

The ascender of China's Chang'e-6 probe successfully rendezvoused and docked with the probe's orbiter-returner combination in lunar orbit, and the lunar samples were transferred safely from the ascender to the returner on Thursday, the China National Space Administration announced.

The container carrying the world's first samples from the far side of the moon had been transferred from the ascender to the returner safely by 3:24 p.m., the CNSA said.

This is the second time that Chinese spacecraft carried out rendezvous and docking in lunar orbit, with Chang'e-5 realizing the first one in 2020.