Beijing, KOMPAS.com – The Chinese probe Chang’e-5 has completed its sampling mission to the moon, and the samples have been placed on board the probe.
This was announced by the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) on Thursday morning (3/12/2020) local time.
The spacecraft launched on November 24 landed north of Mons Rumker on Oceanus Procellarum, also known as the Sea of Storms, on the near side of the Moon on December 1.
The probe is to collect the first samples of a space object for China Xinhua.
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After the Chang’e-5 spacecraft had been operating on the moon for approximately 19 hours, sampling ended on Wednesday (2/12/2020) at 22:00 Beijing Time.
The samples are stored in a container inside the creeper (climb up) the spacecraft was as planned, the CNSA said.
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Using data sent by a space probe, scientists simulated the sampling procedures in the laboratory, which formed an important basis for operations on the moon.
Radar penetrating loose and heterogeneous ground over the solid rock of the moon and other payloads mounted on the lander (loader) carried out the research as planned and provided informational support for sampling.
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The probe was able to withstand temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Celsius on the lunar surface.
Chang’e-5 employs two methods of sampling on the moon, namely using a drill to take samples under the surface and taking samples on the surface with a robot.