Video: Chang’e-5 Ascender Docks with Orbiter-Return Vehicle

Video Caption: The Chang’e-5 ascender automatically docked with the orbiter-sample return vehicle on 5 December 2020, at 21:42 UTC (6 December, at 05:42 China Standard Time).

At 22:12 UTC (6 December, 06:12 CST), the sample container, containing the soil collected from the Moon, was transferred from the ascender to the sample return vehicle.

Chang’e-5 will orbit the Moon for a few days, waiting for adequate window to return to Earth.

Credit: China Central Television (CCTV)/China National Space Administration (CNSA)