China seeks to retrieve first Moon rocks since 1970s

China launches Long March 5 rocket for Chang 5 moon model-return mission launch

China rolls out Long March 5 rocket for Chang'e 5 moon sample-return mission launch

Preparations are underway for a new mission to the moon, with the departure from Jiangsu of the Yuan Wang-6 tracking ship, in what is to be a follow-up on the mission, with plans to bring samples back to Earth.

Named after the ancient Chinese deity of the moon, the Chang-5 probe will test China's ability to buy samples remotely from space, even before more complex missions.

China's most ambitious The work of the moon Next week is ahead of its scheduled launch to date.

If successful, the mission will make China only the third country to have retrieved lunar samples, following the United States and the Soviet Union decades ago.

Since the Soviet Union crash-landed the Luna 2 on the moon in 1959, the primary human-made object to succeed in one other celestial physique, a handful of different nations together with Japan and India have launched moon missions.

In comparison, the 1976 mission collected 170 grams, and the Apollo mission that put man on the Moon brought back 382kg of rocks and soil.

The Soviet Union deployed three profitable robotic pattern return missions within the 1970s. China's study, scheduled to begin in the coming days, will attempt to collect 2kg of samples from a previously unseen area in a large volcanic plain known as the Oceanus Procellerum or "Ocean of Storms".

Subsequent knowledge from orbital distant sensing missions have proven a wider range of rock varieties, mineralogies and ages than represented within the Apollo-Luna pattern collections, he mentioned.

"Lunar scientists are advocating a robot's sample return mission in these various critical areas to address a host of basic questions left over from earlier explorations", said Head.

A heavy-lift Long March 5 rocket topped with the robotic Chang'e 5 lunar sample-return spacecraft rolled out to its pad at Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province on Tuesday (Nov. 17).

If this is successful, the samples will be transferred to a return capsule that will return them to Earth. The Chang'e 1 and Chang'e 2 orbiters launched in 2007 and 2010, and Chang'e 3 made the nation's first soft moon landing in December 2013, putting a lander-rover duo down on the lunar near side.

Song 4 Pulling the first soft landing in the mysterious distance of the moon, it delivered a lander and rover to this largely unexplored area in January 2019.

Within the next decade, China plans to establish an automated base station to conduct unmanned exploration operations in the Antarctic region.

If all goes according to plan, Chang'e 5's sample collector will use a robotic arm and a drill to snag about 4.4 lbs.

In July, China launched an unmanned probe into Mars in its first independent mission.

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