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US News The Chinese probe has completed its sampling of the Moon

15:35  03 december  2020
15:35  03 december  2020 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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China 's Chang'e-5 probe has completed sampling on the moon , and the samples have been sealed inside the spacecraft, the The moon samples have been sealed inside the spacecraft to ensure that they are kept in a vacuum and free from the influence of the external environment during its return to

A Chinese probe sent to the moon to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades has successfully landed, according to Beijing’s space agency. The latest mission’s goal is to gather lunar rocks and soil to help scientists learn about the moon ’s origins, formation and volcanic activity on its

The spacecraft launched by China on November 23, with the aim of bringing back lunar rocks, is the first to attempt such a mission since 1976.

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A mission finalized more than a day in advance. The Chinese probe sent to an unexplored area of ​​the Moon has completed its sampling of lunar soil, which it is preparing to bring back to Earth, announced Thursday (December 3rd), the national space agency. The Chang'e 5 probe, which arrived on the lunar star on Tuesday, loaded its samples into a special container. "The scientific prospecting operation went as planned," said the space agency without further details.

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The Chinese space agency confirmed today that the Chang'e 5 spacecraft has already begun drilling through lunar soil to collect samples . When the operation is completed later this month, the probe will With this mission, humanity made its first attempt to bring samples of the Moon since 1972.

China had envisaged a duration of two days for the samples and about 23 days for the whole of this mission, the first intended to collect lunar samples since the 1970s. The objective is to bring back approximately 2 kilos of rocks by piercing the ground up to two meters deep. After analysis by scientists, they will add additional pieces to the great puzzle of lunar history.


Video: The Chinese Chang'e 5 probe landed on the Moon (Dailymotion)

The arrival of the rocks expected in mid-December

" They have two ways of taking samples. The probe is equipped with a robotic arm with a shovel at the end to take from the surface. But what is quite exceptional is that it also has a drilling system ", explained, Wednesday, to France 3 Grand Est , Jessica Flahaut, CNRS researcher , Martian and lunar geologist in Nancy (CRPG / CNRS / University of Lorraine), who worked on the Chang'e 5 probe project. She followed the moon landing operations live from her home, in Nancy, where she telecommutes.

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China has released new footage of its lunar probe Chang'e-5 collecting rock samples on the moon . The mission, set to be completed within 23 days, is the latest venture of an increasingly ambitious Chinese space programme that hopes to eventually land an astronaut on the moon by 2030.

“Chang'e has collected moon samples ,” the agency said in a statement carried by the official Xinhua News Agency. It said the probe also had successfully Collecting samples , including from asteroids, is an increasing focus of many space programs and China 's mastery of the technology once again

Once the samples have been taken, the robotic vehicle must now dock with the Chang'e 5 orbiting probe for the return trip to Earth. The take-off vehicle is expected to detach from the lunar surface with the samples and dock with the probe, which now orbiting the moon. These samples will then be transferred to a capsule housed in the probe for return to Earth. This return should take place before mid-December, in Inner Mongolia.

If the return to Earth goes smoothly, China will become the third country to bring back samples from the Moon, after the United States and the former USSR. The last attempt was Soviet, with the uninhabited Luna 24 mission, successfully carried out in 1976. Beyond the scientific interest of bringing back samples, this mission allows China to test maneuvers and technologies crucial to carrying out his plan to send astronauts to the moon by 2030.

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