Chinese Probe Lands On Moon To Collect Lunar Samples
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Tue 01st December 2020 | 11:12 PM
A Chinese probe sent to the Moon to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades successfully landed on Tuesday, Beijing's space agency said
Beijing, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 1st Dec, 2020 ) :A Chinese probe sent to the Moon to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades successfully landed on Tuesday, Beijing's space agency said.
China has poured billions into its military-run space programme, with hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022 and of eventually sending humans to the Moon.
The latest mission's goal is to shovel up lunar rocks and soil to help scientists learn about the Moon's origins, formation and volcanic activity on its surface.
The Chang'e-5 spacecraft -- named for the mythical Chinese moon goddess -- "landed on the near side of the Moon late Tuesday," state media agency Xinhua reported, citing the China National Space Administration.
- 'Space dream' - It is to collect two kilogrammes (4.5 Pounds) of surface material in a previously unexplored area known as Oceanus Procellarum -- or "Ocean of Storms" -- which consist of a vast lava plain, according to the science journal Nature.
The collection will take place over the course of one lunar day -- equivalent to around 14 Earth days.
The mission is technically challenging and involves several innovations not seen during previous attempts at collecting moon rocks, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics researcher Jonathan McDowell told AFP last month.
The new superpower is looking to finally catch up with the US and Russia after years of belatedly matching their space milestones.
The latest probe is among a slew of ambitious targets set by Beijing, which include creating a super-powerful rocket capable of delivering payloads heavier than those NASA and private rocket firm SpaceX can handle, a lunar base and a permanently crewed space station.
China's astronauts and scientists have also talked up manned missions to Mars.