Chinese spacecraft docked in lunar orbit to send satellite samples to Earth

For the first time in history, a Chinese robotic probe docked in lunar orbit. The device has already been transferred

materials collected on the surface of the Earth satellite, they will return to researchers in mid-December.

In the coming days, the ascender will be dropped and the orbiter will launch its engines to transport the capsule back to Earth.

As the researchers specified, the samples thatcollected, successfully transferred from the take-off module to the module of the orbiter, which will return to Earth. This is the most difficult stage in the entire mission. Its difference from similar maneuvers in similar missions is that it was carried out in a circumlunar orbit. If the materials can be returned to Earth, then this will happen for the first time since 1976.

Formerly "Chang'e-5", a Chinese dronereturn mission to explore the moon, has landed on an earth satellite. As planned, the device landed near Mount Rumkera, located in the northeastern part of the Ocean of Storms. It was reported by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and the state news channel CGTN.

Chang'e-5 immediately deployed its solar arrayand an antenna to get started. If all goes according to plan, the device will spend the next few days collecting 2kg of lunar material, some of which it will dig up to 2m below the lunar surface. After that, the takeoff vehicle that enters the mission must send a payload to the module, send it to Earth.

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