Chinese spacecraft takes off from moon with samples

04 Décembre, 2020, 08:18 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • This image taken by panoramic camera aboard the lander-ascender combination of Chang'e-5 spacecraft provided by China National Space Administration shows a moon surface after it landed on the moon on Wednesday Dec. 2 2020. Chinese government say the spa

The Chang'e 5 touched down Tuesday on the Sea of Storms on the moon's near side.

From the rocks and debris, scientists hope to learn more about the moon, including its precise age, as well as increased knowledge about other bodies in our solar system.

Its ascender module lifted off from the lunar surface shortly after 11pm (Beijing time) Thursday and was to connect with the return vehicle to make the trip back to Earth.

While China is boosting cooperation with the European Space Agency and others, interactions with NASA are severely limited by USA concerns over the secretive nature and close military links of the Chinese programme.

This image, taken by a panoramic camera, shows the moon's surface around the chang'e-5 spacecraft.

The probe "has completed sampling on the moon, and the samples have been sealed within the spacecraft", the China National Space Administration said in a statement. "This is no easy task", NASA's science mission chief, Thomas Zurbuchen, wrote on Twitter.

Plans call for the upper stage of the probe known as the ascender to be launched back into lunar orbit to transfer the samples to a capsule for return to Earth. Are Chinese dams on the Mekong the next US-China battleground?Zhang Mingliang, a Southeast Asian affairs specialist at Jinan University in Guangzhou, said Luo's remarks underlined Beijing's growing wariness about the controversies being politicised."It is not surprising that China and the US have intensified their competition in the region and turned a cross-border water management issue into a geopolitical battle".

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"We think it is very important to create a precedent that private sector entities can extract, and they can take these resources, but NASA can buy and use them to supply not only NASA activities, but a completely new dynamic era of public and private development and exploration", said Gold.

"The Chang'e-5 probe, after 19 hours of work on the visible side of the Moon, successfully concluded at 22:00 Beijing time on December 2 (GMT + 8: 00) the automatic collection of samples of moon rock, "the statement said".

The Chang'e 5 flight is China's third successful lunar landing. China's landing of its third probe on the moon is part of an increasingly ambitious space programme that has a robot rover en route to Mars.

Under President Xi Jinping, plans for China's "space dream", as he calls it, have been put into overdrive. No timeline or other details have been announced.

The United States is seeking to establish a precedent because there is now no worldwide consensus on property rights in space and China and Russian Federation have not reached an understanding with the United States on the subject.

China also launched Its first temporary orbiting laboratory in 2011 and a second in 2016.

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