All you need to know about the Chinese space ship to collect moonstone samples

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China launched a ship carrying a space probe to fetch rocks from the moon, in the first attempt by any country since the 1970s after the Soviet Union and the United States to obtain samples from the surface of the moon, according to Russia today.

details of the trip

A “Long March-5” missile, Chinas largest space probe carrier, launched off at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday Beijing time (20:30 p.m. Monday GMT) from the Wenchang Space Flight Launch Center on the island of Hainan in southern China carrying the space probe. Chang E-5.

As it enters lunar orbit, the ship is expected to launch two vehicles to the surface of the moon, and the probe is scheduled to land on the surface of the moon within about 8 days, said mission spokesman Bai Zhaoyu, and the probe is scheduled to remain on the surface of the moon for about two days, When the whole task takes about 23 days.

The “Chang’e-5” probe, named after the ancient Chinese goddess of the moon, will seek to collect two kilograms of samples from an area previously not landed by vehicles in a huge lava plain called “Ocean of Storms”. Its mission may help answer questions Such as the period during which the moon has remained volcanically active from its interior, and a lifetime that dissipates its important magnetic field to protect any form of life on its surface from radiation.

The mission will test Chinas ability to collect samples from remote space, other more complex tasks, and if the mission succeeds, China will become only the third country after the Soviet Union and the United States to obtain samples from the moon’s surface.

China achieved its first moon landing in 2013, and in January 2019, the “Chang E-4” probe was able to land on the far side of the moon’s surface, which is the first space probe to achieve this.

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