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Does using two 'back's in a row sound awkward to you in this sentence?

We have come back from the moon, bringing back the samples.

If so, how should I improve it?

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It is good practice to avoid using the same word twice, especially when there isn't much of a gap between uses in the sentence/paragraph. It can distract from the intent.

For this sentence, try this alternative:

We have returned from the moon, bringing back the samples.

Or:

We have come back from the moon with the samples.

Other substitutions are possible, including removing "back" altogether:

We have returned from the moon, bringing with us the samples.

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We have returned from the moon, bringing back the samples.

or even more simply

We have returned/come back from the moon with the samples.

Note that return is more formal than come back.

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