China’s Chang’e-5 is on its way back to Earth with precious samples of lunar regolith heading for a landing in Inner Mongolia later this week.
Chang’e-5’s orbiter and return capsule entered lunar-Earth transfer orbit on Sunday after a 22-minute burn of its engine. The vehicles made a mid-course correction with a 28-second burn on Monday.
The return capsule is carrying about 2.2 kg (4.4 lb) of lunar regolith obtained on the moon’s Ocean of Storms. This is China’s first attempt to return samples from another world.