A Chinese probe landed on the far side of the Moon to collect rare samples

A Chinese probe landed on the far side of the Moon to collect rare samples
A Chinese probe landed on the far side of the Moon to collect rare samples

The Chang’e 6 probe landed on the far side of the Moon on Sunday. (CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/REUTERS/File image)

A chinese spaceship unmanned landed on Sunday, June 2 at hidden face of the Moonas reported by the chinese space agencywhich represents his second mission to a lunar region where no other country has landed, amidst a growing international rivalry around the space exploration.

If successful, it will be the first ever mission in collect samples of the hidden side of the Moon.

The China National Space Administration sent the probe lunar Chang’e 6 to collect rocks and other materials near and around an impact crater called Apollo basinwhich is part of the Greater South Pole-Aitken basin of the Moon, according to the country’s official news agency, Xinhua.

He Chang’e 6 landed at 6:23 in the morning, local time, after being launched into space May 3, 2024 from the Wenchang Space Launch Centerlocated in the southern hainan island. In Chinese mythology, Chang’e is the moon goddess.

The probe was launched from the launch pad of the Wenchang Space Launch Center, in the Chinese province of Hainan on May 3, 2024. (REUTERS/Eduardo Baptista)
The probe was launched from the launch pad of the Wenchang Space Launch Center, in the Chinese province of Hainan on May 3, 2024. (REUTERS/Eduardo Baptista)

China, USA, Japan, India and Russia have made large investments in space exploration in recent years, crowding a field that throughout history has been promoted as a symbol of can and the national progress.

For China and USAIn particular, the rivalry around scientific frontiers in the space; Both nations aspire to the award of having sent human beings to the Moon for the second time in history, with USA planning to do it as soon as 2026 and China planning the same for 2030. (USA It was the first country to land on the moon with the mission Apollo 11 in 1969).

The hidden side of the Moon It is the lunar hemisphere that always faces in the opposite direction to the Land. The word “dark” does not refer to the lack of light, but to the fact that the scientists They know very little about this hemisphere.

The China National Space Administration sent the Chang'e 6 lunar probe to collect rocks and other materials in the Apollo Basin. (China Daily/REUTERS)
The China National Space Administration sent the Chang’e 6 lunar probe to collect rocks and other materials in the Apollo Basin. (China Daily/REUTERS)

astronauts on the mission Apollo 8 were the first to see the side dark in 1968and the Chang’e 4 made the first landing in history there in January 2019.

The communications are more difficult on the far side because radio waves are blocked by thick, solid rocks, forcing scientists to use a broadcast satellite to send signals to the spacecraft and to work with a shorter window for sample collection. He rugged terrain It also makes landing difficult.

It is expected that the Chang’e 6 late some 15 hours in collect the samples. To fit within that short timeframe, scientists at the CNSA they developed the spacecraft so that it would make autonomous decisions by executing fewer commands than in previous missions, according to Xinhua.

He mission objective is to develop technology sampling key, as well as takeoff and climb capabilities from the hidden side of the Moonhe added Xinhua.

(c) 2024, The Washington Post

 
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