20 November 2020
China's 2nd-generation space tracking ship Yuanwang 3 left port on 19 November for missions concerning the Chang'e 5 lunar sample return mission, according to sources with the country's satellite maritime tracking and controlling department.
The Chang'e 5's mission task is to bring approx. 2 kg of Moon samples back to Earth, making it one of China's most complicated and challenging space explorations. Yuanwang 3 mainly undertakes maritime tracking and monitoring tasks of high-, medium- and low-orbit satellites, spacecraft and space stations.
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