China claims the launch of a missile for an uncrewed mission to the moon, Tuesday morning local time, was successful.
The moon mission took off from a space base on the South China island of Hainan. After a few days of flying, the Chang’e 5 must arrive at its destination.
The European space agency ESA supports the Chinese colleagues in the mission.
A robot explorer will collect and collect stones on the moon so that for the first time since 1976 pieces of the moon come back to Earth.
The mission Chang’e 5, named after the ancient Chinese goddess of the moon, is due to return to Earth in mid-December.
Just last year, Beijing sent the Chang’e-4 to the moon, to become the very first spacecraft to land on the back of the celestial body, aka The Dark Side of the Moon.