Chang’e 5 Spacecraft Launches In Search Of The Youngest Moon Rocks

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The Chinese Lunar Exploration Program launched its latest spacecraft to the moon this week, with a goal of bringing back a sample of the moon, this will be the first time in over 40 years that moon rocks have been brought back to Earth.
Their target is a volcanic feature in the Ocean of Storms which is believed to have been active more recently that the rest of the moon, so they’re hoping these rocks will be much younger than those brought back by Apollo or Luna.

  1. Starman

    Hey Scott

  2. r Gi

    ♫♫So Fresh and So Clean.♫♫

  3. Cachón6

    That essentially is China’s Apollo 11 tryout without risking people, they are on their way there too.

  4. Broccoli_32

    H U L L O

  5. Joao Pedro Tiago

    again so soon ii cant see coments

  6. Chuck

    Perhaps they should delay those sample returns for a month until it’s no longer 2020? Just sayin…

  7. Joanne DeVellano


  8. H0M3R

    Are we going to see Chinese moon rocks (fake) sold on the internet now??

  9. Ewald Ikemann

    Andromeda Strain – that’s a good one!

  10. MrVipitis

    I am surprised it returns so fast. Also a Kerbal playthough?

  11. Iñaki Campomanes

    They will bring back a strange organism that will invade Earth.

  12. Carl

    Scott, Chang is pronounced chong. Thanks for the detailed video!

  13. WrathOfMega

    ‘Ocean of Storms’ wait wtf why is that such a cool name. We should build a lunar colony there, I want to live somewhere called “The Ocean of Storms”

  14. Alex Person

    China just launched a Discord mod

  15. Jonathan Wheeler

    Good show, nice info

  16. Space Coyote

    The Apollos used a roller coaster reentry, too

  17. John Doe

    How big was Osiris-Res? It technically landed, was it the smallest to launch ??

  18. chifurbr

    being 2020 i’m fully expecting that one of the outworld samples will have a virus that wipes life on earth

  19. Magellan

    Hmmm, sounds like a very complex set of tasks for automated controls. It does not appear to have a whole lot of room for “anomalies.”

  20. Jonathan Tarrant

    Wont be long and China will be caught up to USA, by landing a man on the moon. Could surpass USSR soon.

  21. roidroid

    8:52 it’d be cool if someone built a test vehicle that can not only sample an asteroid – but also internally try to convert some of that asteroid material for it’s electric engines to use as reaction mass.

    Expensive fuel, sure (worth so much $ if you instead take it back to earth for analysis), but hey spacecraft need reaction mass 🙌. Doesn’t need to be too efficient. It’d just be impressive (& inspring) for people to see a spacecraft that effectively doesn’t need to ever run outof “fuel”.

  22. Reckless Roges

    With how 2020 has been, I would have pushed this until the full moon in the middle of January. (I don’t have “Species (film)” on my bingo card, and I don’t want anyone else to “win”.)

  23. JohnSnow

    Calling it now, but this will never make it back. :(

  24. alex Marshall

    Everyone who loves this channel wave your hands in the air 👉🇬🇧👉❤👉👁👁👉💯%

  25. Pascal Lecours

    Any way a telescope can pickup the moon orbiter?

  26. KravKernow

    it is pretty amazing that this is essentially an Apollo mission but all autonomous.

  27. Cody

    Andromeda Strain potentials :)

  28. SkylersRants

    I suspect it is not pronounced “ruck-mer.” :)

  29. Michael Zanghi

    Video isint even old enough for the first viewer to have watched it all the way through! Woot! (liked cause its gonna be awesome)

  30. IbaneZ RippeR

    thanks Scott! Keep us updated…

  31. Peter Macris

    Please do a video on Rtgs!

  32. Ted Milker

    Moonseed by Stephen Baxter is my favorite book about contamination of Earth by material from the moon.

  33. 666MikeRochip

    Pretty amazing… thanks👍

  34. Matt Shaffer

    Oh man The Andromeda Strain is such a good book!

  35. Ray Foss

    Drops it’s stages in the Sea, rather than on… “land”

  36. alex Marshall

    Wow! what a brilliant mission, and really enjoyed your video Scott 👉🇬🇧👉☑️☑️☑️☑️☑️⚠️

  37. Make-A-Woosh-Foundation

    wait, the Chinese space agency basically uses the UFP logo?


  38. Slushy Boi


  39. Wilfred Swinkels

    hahahaha andromeda strain…. old man :-D

  40. Damian Reloaded

    Great update! Thanks Scott!

  41. david petersen

    “Andromeda strain potentialities”.. LMAO

  42. David Lari

    Is it really wise to joke about Andromeda Strain in 2020?

  43. This is funny. xD

    10:41 2 samples from 2 different alien worlds. what a way to end 2020. with an alien invasion xD

  44. IMBlakeley

    Got to admire the ambition, I really hope they pull this of.

  45. Mr E

    10:38 It was all educational, exciting & entertaining until
    ‘Big couth from the moon’ 😷☣🌔 Krikey 🐨

  46. soopahsoopah

    Can I just say it’s nice not to hear you have to plug Nord VPN, Skillshare or Brilliant at the start of every video. Stay gold Scott.

  47. Thingsyourollup

    I always thought they needed to add something in to KSP to allow us to send probes to collect surface samples instead of having to use Kerbals.

  48. Mako-kun

    10:06 Reminds me of Luna 9 & possibly unintentionally decoding of images by the Jodrell Bank Observatory.
    10:49 Luna 23 flipped over on landing, though it continued to broadcast signals for a few days. Funnily enough, Luna 24 sample return would land only a few hundred meters away 2 years later.

  49. Flyingpapaya

    Month 11 of lockdown. Scott Manley’s hair is becoming extremely inefficient.

  50. Andrew Tubbiolo

    So on the Moon …. The Sun Also Rises …?

  51. Timothy Webb

    Great video as always, can you pls do a video on the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS), is to be situated in the lunar south pole region?

  52. James H

    Whoa! There are a ton of complicated moves going on with this mission. Hope things go well!

  53. Tracy Reed

    Drops it’s boosters on “land”.

    Which is a diplomatic way of saying “not local villages”. ;)

  54. Roland Perteev

    4:40 – only those crazy Russians would make Dr. Evil-style willy rocket…

  55. TheAbc45678

    China already sent us an “Andromeda Strain,” it’s called COVID-19.

  56. Ovadex

    10:35 The way this years been I wouldn’t be phases by that….

  57. erau Hatsune

    Early squad

  58. quantumac

    “Lots of Andromeda Strain possibilities… just kidding!” I don’t know, Scott. It is 2020…

  59. Travis Collier

    Such a complicated plan with lots that could go wrong. I hope everything goes well, but even if it doesn’t, it will be quite an impressive mission anyway.
    Geeks of the world unite ;)

  60. what dat

    I cassually walked in 7 minutes till launch then i read the title

    Lmao i dont even know they would launch today

  61. James Rosenblum

    10:38 well, I know how 2020 is going to end…

  62. Wander Hillen

    “Perilun” is the word I did not know I needed today until I heard it in this video.

  63. British Thought

    I find this so much ‘cooler’ than the NASA missions, so many stages it’s so kspish

  64. Grassy Knoll

    White girls freaking out when the plane is landing.
    Me: The lander is not dumb

  65. SpeedStriker

    I thought the rocket looked plain at first, but the more I looked, the more the Long March 5 grew on me. This beautiful night launch definitely sealed the deal.

  66. Gravitacioni manevar

    Cool video. Im also making space videos!

  67. Jacob David Cunningham

    6:25 hmm snacks
    that telemetry stuff is neat, don’t understand offhand how to turn those “static bar graph” looking things into values
    10:48 ha no autobots to help tip it upright

  68. Dominic M

    10:37 “ Andromeda Strain “

  69. Jules E

    Holy crap ! The mission profile is insanely ambitious ! I hope that they succeed ! It looks like a kind of dress rehersal for Mars Sample Return Mission…

  70. Pharisaeus

    “Andromeda strain”? That’s a name i haven’t heard in a long time…

  71. Joseph Stevens

    Gotta give the Chinese credit when credit is due… What an impressive mission!

  72. deadHamster

    Is it just me who thinks its funny that China Central Television abbreviates to CCTV? :D

  73. AndrewBlack343

    “It’s launched from an Island so that it drops its stages in the water rather than on … (villages) … land”

  74. ropersonline

    Oh, great report. Please keep us posted, or better yet include a timeline if you make another video, assuming that info is even known by then. This is an under-reported story, so it’s great to get some good coverage.
    I haven’t really found a detailed mission timeline anywhere else either, so if you can get that info, you could be the first, maybe.
    (Though perhaps their mission timing is very flexible and that too might be the reason nobody seems to be presenting anything like a definite timeline.)

  75. Trade Futures

    Hope everything will go well!! Is there going to be a live stream of the landing too? I remember the failed landing attempt of Israel a year or so ago, that was too bad. Time for human presence on the moon, it’s pretty ridiculous we still don’t have a lunar base.

  76. Me again

    Sorry if this is old but do you guys also answer on his hello at the beginning ?

  77. Peeftribos

    incredible mission!

  78. findme

    Is it “capsule” or “capshule”? It’s like the family guy episode of emphasizing the H in Cool Whip except without the H being in capsule 🤦‍♂️

  79. trqoiz

    dayummm those rocks are FRESHH

  80. Ruohong Zhao

    The re-entry capsule estimated to land at Dec 16, 16:30 UTC. 122 hours after lunar departure burn.
    8:30 yes. The Chang’E5 T1 service module is still functioning. And re-entry capture is gonna decouple at 5000km above ground and service module will be flying solo for further mission.

  81. Fred Derf

    Chang’e 5: Daylight come and me wanna go home!

  82. Tinkering in Thailand

    “As recently as a billion years ago”. Life is fleeting and so short ;)

  83. PercivalBlakeney

    The only constant in life is Chang’e.

    I’ll get my coat.

  84. rajesh koothrappali

    This looks like a great mission to recreate on ksp

  85. Jake

    Damn I hope this mission encourages some competition if it manages to bring some samples, we could do with a new space race…

  86. Doping1234

    The important question: Will they finally find Chang’e on the moon?

  87. ResandOuies

    space stuff is insane at times. “Possible as RECENT as 1BY ago” :D

  88. Al T

    0:09 it took you some effort not to say “great leap forward,” didn’t it.

  89. Joseph Astier

    They do an autonomous lunar orbit rendezvous to get the samples back to Earth? That is amazing.

  90. Liam Cockcroft

    So funny that the Soviets were the only ones who handled their moon sample right. They published and they were laughed at.

  91. Norm Kirkland

    “Andromeda strain potentiality” How funny!

  92. Gerry BLM

    YouTube be like:
    “Anyway, the Apollo program really happened”

  93. BunniMonster

    Every Scott Manley notification has me going “Huh? Picard?” at first glance.

  94. 500features

    Youtube flagged this video as moon landing hoax. Lmao.

  95. Liquid Flames

    That is *a lot* that needs to go right.

  96. Ross K

    And this is why every satellite has a thermometer on it – if the contract calls for it or not – for those easy bonus science points!

  97. AubriGryphon

    I kinda love how the lunar surface is fractal. Just looking at a photo full of craters, you have no idea whether you’re 50 miles up or 50 meters.

  98. Dmytro Picky

    yes they only thing keeping us from “2020 Bingo” is Andromeda Strain. everything else pretty much happened)

  99. Dumb Comment

    Extra virgin moon rocks

  100. Heads Tails

    It’s all cheese, Grommet.

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