10 March 2020
Leonard David gives a glimpse into China’s readiness to handle samples from the Moon. He outlines which steps need to be taken for storage, processing and preparation of the specimens which the next Chinese lunar mission, Chang'e 5 will return to Earth. "The Chang’e 5 mission will retrieve and return to Earth up to 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms) of lunar surface and subsurface samples. ... In a paper to be presented at this month’s now-cancelled Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus, lead author, G. L. Zhang from the National Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, details the main tasks of the Ground Research Application System (GRAS) of the country’s lunar exploration project."
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