Lunar probe

China spacecraft returns to Earth

China's Chang'e-5 lunar probe approaching the ascender on Dec 6, 2020.
China's Chang'e-5 lunar probe approaching the ascender on Dec 6, 2020.PHOTO: AFP

A Chinese spacecraft carrying rocks and soil from the Moon has returned safely to Earth, underlining China's growing prowess and ambition in space. The mission emulated the feats of the United States and the Soviet Union from the 1960s and 1970s, and even went a few steps further.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 18, 2020, with the headline 'China spacecraft returns to Earth'. Subscribe