BEIJING: BEIJING: China’s spacecraft successfully retrieve Lunar rocks!
In a groundbreaking attempt to collect lunar surface samples, China successfully landed a spacecraft on the moon’s surface on Tuesday, Chinese state media reported.
On Nov 24, China launched its Chang’e-5 probe. Called after the legendary Chinese goddess of the moon, the uncrewed project seeks to gather lunar material to help scientists understand more about the history of the moon.
In a previously unvisited location in a vast lava plain known as Oceanus Procellarum, or “Ocean of Storms,” the project will aim to collect 2 kg (4-1/2 lbs) of samples.
If the mission ends as expected, after the United States and the Soviet Union, it will make China the third nation to have retrieved lunar samples.
Retrieval of Lunar rocks Mission
One of the spacecraft launched by the Chang’e-5 probe was the lander vehicle that touched down on the moon’s surface.
The lander vehicle is expected to drill with a robotic arm into the earth upon landing, then move its soil and rock samples to an ascender vehicle that will lift off and dock with an orbital module.
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State broadcaster CCTV said it will begin gathering samples in the next two days on the lunar surface. The samples will be moved to a return capsule to land in China’s Inner Mongolia area for the journey back to Earth.
In 2013, China made its first moon landing. The Chang’e-4 probe touched down on the far side of the moon in January last year the first space probe from any nation to do so.