China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) on Sunday publicized the details about the launch agenda of its first Lunar probe and said, the Lunar Probe – Chang E-5 will take off in November this year. The Lunar Probe -Chang E-5 is the first un-crewed sample return spaceship of China, which will collect samples of Moon and return the testers to the earth. The development of the spacecraft is on the move and will touchdown the lunar surface in November, this year.
The launch of Chang’e-5 lunar probe is a part of the ambitious efforts of China to carry out a record number of 30 space launch missions. As confirmed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), “The mission of Chang E-5 hosts many glorious ‘firsts’ for China. It is not only the first automated lunar sampling operation of China but also the first lunar mission in the country. In addition, it is also the first unmanned rocket, which will dock in a Moon orbit, and also the first probe which will return the samples of Moon.
Giving some glimpses of the launch and return agenda, Ye Peijian, one of the veteran aerospace specialists of China and also a consultant of the Chang E-5 lunar operation said,
China, with the mission of Chang E-5, is looking forward to accomplishing three tactical steps of every high-end space mission – “Orbiting, Landing & Returning”.
The lunar probe weighs 8.2 tons, and has four different sections, in terms of configuration. The first part is an orbiter, followed by a returner, an ascender and a Lander. Prior to the landing of the probe on the surface of Moon, the Lander will dig the surface of the moon and gather the samples in a vessel, which will be allied with the ascender. After this, the ascender will take off from the moon and conduct an automated docking with the orbiter.
Post the automated docking, the spacecraft will fly back to the orbit of the moon, located at 3.80 lakh km from earth, and will transmit the collected samples to the returner. Followed by the tester transmission, both the lunar orbiter and returner will start to fly backing to earth and ahead of several miles away from earth’s atmosphere, both modules will be secluded and the returner will come back into to earth.