China launches spacecraft to Moon to collect lunar samples, only attempt after US and Soviet Union
Chang'e-5 is one of the most challenging and complicated missions in the aerospace history of China, as well as, the world's first moon sample mission in more than 40 years.China has successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft to the moon on November 24, 2020, to collect samples and bring them back to Earth. The spacecraft has been was launched by a Long March-5 rocket at 4.30 am (Beijing Time).
Named after the ancient Chinese Goddess of the moon, Chang’e-5 probe has been launched by China from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the Southern Province of Hainan. It will seek on collecting the materials from the moon. It will also help the scientists to understand more about its origin and surface.If China becomes successful in its mission, it will become the third country to retrieve moon samples, following the Soviet Union and the United States decades ago. The mission will also be testing China’s ability to remotely acquire the samples from space.
It will be the first attempt by any nation in the world for retrieving the samples from the natural satellite of Earth since the 1970s. China also plans on retrieving the samples from Mars by 2030. In July 2020, China had also launched an unmanned probe to Mars. It was its first independent mission to another planet. About China’s Chang’e-5 probe: Key Details
• Chang'e-5 is one of the most challenging and complicated missions in the aerospace history of China, as well as, the world's first moon sample mission in more than 40 years.