Published on December 17, 2020

Congratulations on the successful delivery of moon samples to Earth by Chang'e-5 lunar probe

The Chang’e-5 mission’s success highlights the progress of China’s space program

Dear Zhang Kejian,

On behalf of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and personally, I would like to extend my most sincere congratulations on the successful delivery of moon samples to Earth by your Chang’e-5 lunar probe.
This successful delivery represents yet another major milestone for China’s space exploration and it is a testimony to the ingenuity and capabilities that CNSA has been working on and developing over the past years, reconfirming its position as a global leader and pivotal actor in the fields of space science.

The incredible accomplishment of Chang’e-5 spacecraft in gathering 2 kg of lunar samples from the volcanic plain of Mons Rümker in a three-week operation truly underlines China’s growing prowess and ambition in space.
Once again, congratulations! Sincerely,

Sincerely,
Pascale Ehrenfreund
IAF President

Pascale EHRENFREUND

Research Professor, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University

Austria