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    China's Chang'e 6 mission

    "Chang’e-6 is a backup mission to Chang’e-5, which China plans to launch in 2019 to collect 2 kilograms of samples from a site near Mons Rümker in Oceanus Procellarum in the northwest region of the nearside of the Moon."

    It is in the news today as China has an allocation of 10kg for experiments from foreign partners.

    https://gbtimes.com/china-invites-in...return-mission

    China will invite international partners to place a small payload on a planned lunar sample return mission, the head of the country’s space agency said Monday.

    Zhang Kejian, head of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), said CNSA’s Chang’e-6 lunar sample return spacecraft would open 10 kilograms of payload capacity to international partners which would allow for a small experiment to join the mission.

    Zhang made the announcement at the Heads of Agencies plenary session at the the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) which opened on Monday in Bremen, Germany.
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    Chang'e-6 will launch in 2023=2024 time frame. It has already got one foreign country contributing at least one experiment.

    http://www.ecns.cn/news/sci-tech/201...t8640803.shtml

    China and France are going to the moon together and beyond, as space authorities from the two sides signed a new agreement in a bid to step up their cooperation in the fields of space exploration on Monday.

    On the occasion of the state visit to France of Chinese President Xi Jinping, heads of China National Space Administration (CNSA) and France's Centre National d'études Spatiales (CNES) signed an agreement on future space cooperation between the two nations at the Elysée Palace in Paris, according to a CNES press release.

    China will fly French experiments on its Chang'e-6 mission to return samples from the Moon in 2023-24, said the press release.
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    Both the orbiter and lander will have 10kg each, reserved for solicited payloads.

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201..._137988059.htm

    China announced the cooperation plan for its future Chang'e-6 mission, offering to carry a total of 20-kg solicited payloads, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Thursday.

    The orbiter and lander of the Chang'e-6 mission will each reserve 10 kg for payloads, which will be selected from both domestic colleges, universities, private enterprises and foreign scientific research institutions, said Liu Jizhong, director of the China Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Center of the CNSA, at a press conference.
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