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China Space Agency Achieves Successful Moon Landing Mission | Voice Of America

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has announced that its Chang’e-5 spacecraft, designed to collect samples from the Earth’s satellite surface, has successfully landed on the dark side of the Moon. Chinese state media reports that the spacecraft arrived at the preselected landing area on Tuesday and sent images to the CNSA. The probe, composed of an orbiter, moon landing module, and ascent and return components, was launched a week ago. The CNSA said that the Chang’e-5 moon landing module started a motorized descent from about 15 kilometers above the lunar surface, in the north of the region known as Mons Rumker in Oceanus Procellarum, also called Ocean of Storms, On the dark side of the moon. China sends a space probe to the Moon The objective of the mission is to collect sand and rock samples that help to learn more about the origin and formation of the Moon. The probe will collect about 2 kilograms of sand and rocks, which will return to Earth in a capsule. It is the first mission of its kind since the 1970s. Under ground control, the module carried out a series of situational checks and adjustments, preparing for approximately 48 hours of work on the lunar surface. The space agency said it hopes to collect and seal about 2 kilograms of samples in a container. The module will then lift off and dock with the orbiter in space. Once the samples are transferred, the module will separate from the orbiter. The probe with the samples is expected to re-enter the atmosphere and land in Siziwang Banner, in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of northern China.

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