A Chinese study carrying samples from the lunar surface has been successfully docked with a spacecraft orbiting the moon, first in another place for the nation, state media reported.
Sunday’s maneuver is part of an ambitious Song – 5 mission to name a mythical Chinese moon goddess to bring back the first lunar specimens in four decades.
The cargo capsule carrying lunar rocks and soil was lifted from the surface on Thursday and returned to orbit on Sunday morning, the official Xinhua news agency quoted China as saying. Location Management.
Xinhua said it was China’s first “meeting and docking in lunar orbit”.
Departure of cargo capsule Thursday from the lunar surface This is also the first: the first lifting of a Chinese handicraft from an alien body.
The capsule transferred samples of the moon to the orbiter, which will split and return to Earth, Xinhua said.
China It seeks to catch up with the United States and Russia decades later to match their achievements, and has poured billions into its military-run space program.
Its space agency previously said, “Before Liftoff, The Chinese flag was raised On the surface of the moon ”.
Scientists hope that the samples from Song-5 will help us learn more about the origin of the moon and the volcanic activity on its surface.
If the return voyage is successful, China will become the third country to recover samples from the moon, following the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1960s and ’70s.