Space Race is back with new competition; South Australia welcomes asteroid

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In a big week for space junkies, China’s Chang’e-5 robotic spacecraft has successfully landed on the moon’s surface, showing the country’s growing interest to extend their influence in space.

This is the first successful landing since 1976 and is the first of many missions planned for the next decade.

The mission aims to collect 2kg of material from a previously unexplored area of the Moon, before arriving back to Earth.

Meanwhile, in Australia, scientists from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAEA) have arrived at Woomera’s Test Range to welcome their Hayabusa2 sample return capsule.

Returning from the asteroid Ryugu, and will mark the second return of an Asteroid sample to earth.

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