China’s National Space Agency (CNSA) announced that the ascending Chinese spacecraft Chang’e-5 has successfully met BJT on Sunday at
This is the first time a Chinese spacecraft has encountered and anchored the orbit of the Moon, also marking the first human attempt to automate the orbit of the Moon.
Samples collected on the moon weighing about 2 kilograms were carried over from the ascendant to the return, according to the CNSA.
The Chang’e-5 mission is one of the most complex missions in Chinese aviation history, as well as the world’s first moon sampling mission in over 40 years.
The Chang’e-5 spacecraft containing orbit, lander, ascent and retraction was launched on November 24, and its lander-ascender combination touched Mons Rumker north in Oceanus Procellarum, also known as the Storm Ocean, on the near side of the moon on December 1.
After the samples were collected and sealed, on December 3, the riser took off from the lunar surface.
Returning from orbit, it then separates from the ascendant and waits for the right time to begin its journey back to Earth.
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(With input from Xinhua)