Chang’e 5

Chang’e 5

China’s moon mission saw the Chang’e 5 space lander make a historic collection of samples from the lunar surface.

 

The three young women behind China's Chang'e 5 lunar mission
Three days after China successfully launched the Chang’e 5 spacecraft to the moon, three women who were instrumental in its landing have been catapulted into the limelight. The Chinese state broadcaster praised the trio’s efforts, a cultural moment similar to the 2016 American film Hidden Figures. The film celebrated three trailblazing African American women mathematicians and engineers working for The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the 1960s.    In this Chinese real-life version of Hidden Figures, one of the women, Zhou Chengyu, a 24-year-old commander of the rocket connector system in the moon exploration program, quickly became a trending topic on China’s Twitter-