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China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Tianwen-2

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LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

May 30, 2025 at 8:00 PM EDT

(May 31, 2025 at 12:00 AM UTC)

Launch Window Start

May 30, 2025 at 8:00 PM EDT

(May 31, 2025 at 12:00 AM UTC)

Launch Window End

May 30, 2025 at 8:00 PM EDT

(May 31, 2025 at 12:00 AM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

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    MISSION OVERVIEW
    • Type: Planetary Science
    • Tianwen-2 is a planned Chinese asteroid sample return and comet orbiter mission due for launch in May 2025. The spacecraft will visit the Near Earth asteroid 469219 Kamoʻoalewa (2016 HO3), collecting samples from its surface using both touch-and-go and anchor-and-drill approaches. It will return the samples back to Earth around 2.5 years after launch, with the main spacecraft proceeding to visit the main-belt comet 311P/PANSTARRS in the mid-2030s.
    COMPLEX OVERVIEW

    Location

    Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

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