China’s spacecraft landed on the moon: News agency AFP has given the news quoting the state media. China’s official media has said that China has successfully landed unmanned spacecraft on the lunar surface as part of its historic mission on Tuesday. This vehicle will collect samples from the lunar surface. China began its Change-5 (Chang’e-5) mission on 24 November. It is named after the mythological Chinese goddess of the moon. The mission aims to collect material from the moon to help scientists learn more about the origin of the moon.
The mission will attempt to collect two kilograms (4-1 / 2 lbs) of specimens in a vast lava field known as the Oceanus Procellarum, or “Ocean of Stroms”, where no attempt has been made to arrive before .
If the mission is completed according to the planned plan, it will make China the third nation to retrieve moon samples after the US and Soviet Union. The lander Vehicle Change-5 Probe landing on the lunar surface is one of the many space vehicles deployed for this mission.
It is believed that after landing, the lander will drill into the ground with the robotic arm of the vehicle. Then the soil and rock samples will be stored in an ascend vehicle. With a orbiting module it would be closed.
China’s state media CCTV has said that it will start collecting samples on the lunar surface in the next two days. To send the samples to Earth, they will be transferred into a capsule, which will land in the Inner Mongolia region of China.
China made its first landing on the moon in 2013. In January last year, the upper surface of the moon was touched under Change-4 probe. This was the first such space mission of any nation.