US News The Chinese probe returns to Earth after its mission to the Moon

21:45  03 december  2020
21:45  03 december  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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A Chinese space probe has left the surface of the moon to return to Earth , bringing with A module carrying lunar rocks and soil was in orbit after activating a powerful thrust engine, the China National Space Administration said of the mission that was launched from China ’s southern Hainan province.

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This is the first attempt to bring back lunar samples in over 40 years and so far everything is going according to plan. The Chinese probe Chang'e 5, launched on November 24 from the tropical island of Hainan, left the surface of the Moon on Thursday to return to Earth, according to images broadcast by public television CCTV. The return of the rocks to Earth should take place before mid-December, in Inner Mongolia (northern China).

Sur cette photo prise mercredi, on peut voir la sonde lunaire Chang’e-5 collectant des échantillons sur la lune. China National Space Administration (CNSA) via CNS/AFP © Provided by Le Parisien In this photo taken Wednesday, we can see the Chang’e-5 lunar probe collecting samples on the moon. China National Space Administration (CNSA) via CNS / AFP

A module carrying the samples activated a 3,000-ton thrust engine to orbit after a six-minute flight, the national space agency said.

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A Chinese probe sent to the moon to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades has The latest mission ’s goal is to gather lunar rocks and soil to help scientists learn about the Its lunar samples will then be returned to Earth in a capsule programmed to land in northern China ’s Inner

The Chang’e-5, named after the Chinese moon goddess, comes equipped with a lander and ascender. These have now separated from the Chang’e-5 needs to complete its mission within one lunar day, the equivalent of 14 days on Earth , so that it does not have to withstand too many of the

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The objective of the mission is to bring back about 2 kg 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.

A “complicated” and “delicate” operation

If the return to Earth goes smoothly, China will become the third country to bring back samples, after the United States and the former USSR.

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The last attempt was Soviet, with the uninhabited Luna 24 mission carried out successfully in 1976. This mission is the next stage of the Chinese space program, which had struck a big blow in early 2019 by landing a machine on the far side of the Moon, a world first.

Underlining the high level of technicality of the operation, Chinese public television CCTV on Wednesday described Chang'e 5 as one of the "most complicated and delicate" operations in the national space program. Beyond the scientific interest of bringing back samples, this mission allows China to test maneuvers and technologies crucial to carrying out its plan to send astronauts to the Moon by 2030.

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