CHINA’S CHANG’E FIVE SPACESHIP SENT A COLORFUL PICTURE OF THE MOON

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China's Chang'e-5 successfully lands on moon - CGTN


Kathmandu, 18 December. China’s Chang E-Five Moon Mission has sent the first color image of the moon’s surface. This Chinese moon lander has taken a picture on the surface of the moon from near its feet to the horizon.

The mission, designed to send soil and rock samples from the moon to Earth, successfully landed on the moon’s surface on Tuesday. As soon as it landed, it began collecting samples from the moon’s surface. It can be extended to the return module from Thursday.

China's Chang'e 5 mission has successfully landed on the moon | MIT  Technology Review
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This work can only be done for a few days. The sample will then be transported to a service vehicle and return module already in lunar orbit, which will send it back to Earth. According to the plan, the return module can land in the grasslands of Sijiwang in the hinterland of Mongolia.

Prior to the Chang E-Five mission, China had sent two more Moon missions, the Chang E-Three in 2013 and the Chang E-Four Moon Mission in 2019. Both included a lander as well as a small moon rover. Compared to these two, Chang E-Five is a complex mission.

The 8.2-ton Chang E-Five was launched by a spacecraft from Wenchang Station in southern China on November 24. A few days ago this mission reached the moon and it established itself in the orbit of the moon and began to orbit the moon. It was later split into two pieces – the first service vehicle and return module that stopped in lunar orbit and the second moon lander that slowly moved towards the lunar surface.

Moon Lander landed on the surface of the moon at Moons Rumker, a place near the moon’s volcanic mountains. A camera, radar, a drill and a spectrometer are fitted to the Chang E-Five Moon Lander, which was sent to collect dust and rocks from the moon’s surface. Using all of these, it will collect excellent soil samples from the lunar surface.

China launches Chang'e-5 Moon sample return mission - SpaceNews

The astronauts who went to the moon from the American Apollo spacecraft during the Moon mission 44 years before the Chang E-Five and the Soviet Russia’s robotic Luna program have collected soil and rocks within 400 kilometers of the moon’s surface, but many of these missions involved astronauts.

All the samples brought from the moon are about three billion years old. The age of the sample from Moons Rumker is estimated to be 1.2 to 1.3 billion years. That is, they are expected to be newer than previously brought samples. According to sources, it will provide more information about the geological history of the moon. – BBC

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