How is Chinese NASA similar to Pink Floyd?

How is Chinese NASA similar to Pink Floyd?
How is Chinese NASA similar to Pink Floyd?

It is one of those commonplaces, but every time we look at the Moon we also remember that hidden side that we do not see, the dark side of the Moon. Moon which Pink Floyd already presented to us in their most successful studio album and which we will now also remember thanks to the Chinese space race, which has led to the probe Chang’e-6, to take a lunar soil sample in that unexplored area.

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced the moon landing this Sunday, June 2.

With the support of the Queqiao-2 relay satellite, the Chang’e-6 probe combination lander and ascender successfully landed at the designated landing area at 6:23 am (Beijing time) in the basin of the South Pole-Aitken (SPA).

Chang’e-6 consists of an orbiter, a returner, a lander and an ascender. Since its launch on May 3 this year, it has gone through several stages, such as Earth-Moon transfer, near-Moon braking, lunar orbit, and landing descent. The lander and ascender combination separated from the orbiter and returner combination on May 30, the CNSA said.

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The Chang’e-6 mission is tasked with collecting and returning samples from the far side of the Moon, the first such effort in the history of human lunar exploration.

According to Li Chunlai, deputy chief designer of the Chang’e-6 mission, the probe landed precisely in the designated area. This area is likely to be covered with a large amount of basalt, which is very beneficial for geological research and may bring significant scientific value.

The landing site is located in an impact crater known as the Apollo Basin, located within the SPA Basin. The choice was made because of the potential scientific exploration value of the Apollo Basin, as well as the conditions of the landing area, including communication and telemetry conditions and the flatness of the terrain, said Huang Hao, a space expert with the China Aerospace Science and Technology (CASC).

The lander is equipped with multiple sensors, including microwave, laser and optical imaging sensors that can measure distance and speed, and identify obstacles on the lunar surface.

After landing, the probe is scheduled to complete sampling within two days. It has adopted two lunar sampling methods, including using a drill to collect subsurface samples and taking samples on the surface with a robotic arm.

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