China’s Chang’e-6 lunar probe is expected to be launched in the first half of 2024, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said on Wednesday.

Inputs for the probe were transported to the Wenchang Space Launch Field in the southern Hainan Province of the country, and pre-launch tests will be carried out as scheduled, according to the agency. Currently, facilities at the launch site are in good condition, and preparatory work is underway as planned, it added.

Chang’e-6 is ready to collect samples from the far side of the Moon, marking a mission that will be the first of its kind in human history. The CNSA also announced that scientific instruments from France, Italy and the European Space Agency/Sweden will be on board the module, and a Pakistani payload will be in the equipment’s orbiter.


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