The ambitious Chang’e 5 mission offers scientists the first opportunity to study newly obtained lunar material since the American and Russian missions of the 1960s and ’70s. Chang’e 5 is named for the Chinese moon goddess.
The four modules of the Chang’e 5 spacecraft are expected to be sent into space Monday aboard a massive Long March-5 rocket from the Wenchang launch center along the coast of the southern island province of Hainan, according to a NASA description of the mission.
The launch window opens at 3:00 오후. ET Monday, the NASA description 말한다.
The rocket was moved to the launch pad in Wenchang Space Launch Center last week, 에 따르면 China’s National Space Administration.
China became the first country to successfully land a probe on the far side of the moon when its Chang’e 4 조사 reached the lunar surface on Jan. 2, 2019.
에 2013, China became just the third country, 미국 이후. and the then-Soviet Union, to successfully “soft land” on the moon when its Chang’e 3 lander reached the lunar surface.
미국. is the only country to have placed astronauts on the moon, having last done so in December 1972 during the Apollo 17 mission. 뿐 12 남자들, all Americans, have set foot on the moon.
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