16 December 2020
The return capsule of the Chang'e 5 mission is set to land in the Inner Mongolia region in the early morning hours of the 17 December (BJT) but it still has many challenges to overcome, Bian Hancheng, the Recovery Mission Commander, says. Six military helicopters would use heat-seeking devices to try and track the capsule as it fell from the sky above Dorbod banner – close to the region’s border with Mongolia – and once they had a confirmed sighting, a ground team would be alerted and race to the touchdown site.
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footage from the recovery exercises and explanation of the challenges involved in the recovery