Chang'e-5 Moon Probe Returns With New Photos of the Moon
Chang'e-5 Moon Probe Returns With New Photos of the Moon
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21 January, 2021, 16:32
Shortly before taking off, Lander revealed that the space administration had called for the moon 's first independent Chinese flag.
The ascender carrying the samples activated an engine on Thursday night to lift itself into an elliptical lunar orbit in preparation for the rendezvous and docking with the reentry capsule, marking the first time a Chinese spacecraft has blasted off from an extraterrestrial body.
The Song 5's lander on the moon is capable of scooping specimens from the surface and drilling 2 meters (about 6 feet).
The space probe also brought the first samples of lunar rock to be collected in four decades.
Xinhua, which called Chang'e-5 "one of the most complicated and challenging missions in Chinese aerospace history", reported the probe worked for about 19 hours on the Moon.
The first color images of China's Chang'e-5 project were sent home from the surface of the Moon.
It would also establish a legal precedent that would pave the way for companies to mine celestial bodies in an effort blessed by the US government to help build a sustainable presence on the moon and elsewhere. The lunar landing site's basaltic rocks are thought to have been formed 1.2 billion years ago, which is relatively recent in geological terms. The capsule will rendezvous with an unmanned orbiter and return the samples to Earth.
Chinese mission that landed on Moon has transferred rocks to an orbiter which is due to land in northern grasslands in Inner Mongolia region in mid-December.
The samples were to be returned to Earth in a capsule programmed to land in northern China's Inner Mongolia region, according to USA space agency NASA.
The probe separated into two parts - the orbiter-reentry capsule combination and the lander-ascender combination - while in lunar orbit early Monday morning.
Under the Artemis program, NASA plans to land a man and a woman on the Moon by 2024 and lay the groundwork for sustainable exploration and an eventual mission to Mars. It will lay an important foundation for China's future manned lunar landing and deep-space exploration, said Pei Zhaoyu, deputy director of the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the CNSA.
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