Thursday , 17 January 2019
Home / World / China schedules Chang’e-5 lunar probe launch in November 2017

China schedules Chang’e-5 lunar probe launch in November 2017

Monday, 23 January 2017

China plans to launch the Chang’e-5 lunar probe at the end of November this year, from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China’s Hainan Province, aboard the heavy-lift carrier rocket Long March-5.

The mission will be China’s first automated moon surface sampling, first moon take-off, first unmanned docking in a lunar orbit about 380,000 km from earth, and first return flight in a speed close to second cosmic velocity, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

“With a weight of 8.2 tonnes, the lunar probe is comprised of four parts: an orbiter, a returner, an ascender and a lander,” said Ye Peijian, one of China’s leading aerospace experts and a consultant to the program.

The lander will put moon samples in a vessel in the ascender after the moon landing. Then the ascender will take off from the moon to dock with the orbiter and the returner orbiting the moon, and transfer the samples to the returner.

The orbiter and returner then head back to the earth, separating from each other when they are several thousands kilometers from earth. Finally, the returner will reenter the earth.

The development of Chang’e-5 has entered the end of its flight model phase, and relevant work is proceeding smoothly, according to CASC.

The country also plans to launch the Chang’e-4 lunar probe around 2018 to achieve mankind’s first soft landing on the far side of the moon, and to conduct an in situ and roving detection and relay communications at earth-moon L2 point, according to the China National Space Administration.

Source by: Internet

Check Also

China birth rate soars to highest in 17 Years

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 The change in what was formerly China’s strict one-child policy has …

china-building-demolition

19 buildings in Wuhan blown up in the blink of an eye

Monday, 23 January 2017 19 buildings disappeared in the space of 10 seconds after being …

Leave a Reply

WooCommerce Themes Free
X