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China Launches Chang'e-6 Lunar Probe to Study Moon's Dark Side

China has launched its Chang'e-6 lunar probe mission, marking a historic first in human lunar exploration as it aims to collect samples from the moon's far side and bring them back to Earth for scientific analysis. The mission, undertaken by the China National Space Administration (CNSA), is a significant step forward in space exploration. The […]

China Launches Chang'e-6 Lunar Probe to Study Dark Side of Moon
China Launches Chang'e-6 Lunar Probe to Study Dark Side of Moon

China has launched its Chang'e-6 lunar probe mission, marking a historic first in human lunar exploration as it aims to collect samples from the moon's far side and bring them back to Earth for scientific analysis. The mission, undertaken by the China National Space Administration (CNSA), is a significant step forward in space exploration.

The Long March-5 Y8 rocket lifted off from the Wenchang Space Launch Site in China's Hainan province, carrying the Chang'e-6 lunar probe. This mission is designed with four components: an orbiter, a lander, an ascender, and a re-entry module, as detailed in a report by China Daily. The ascender's role is crucial as it collects moon dust and rocks, transporting them to the orbiter for transfer to the re-entry module, which will eventually bring the samples back to Earth.

The CNSA has highlighted that this mission aims to achieve breakthroughs in essential technologies like automatic sample collection and take-off from the moon's far side. Simultaneously, the probe will conduct scientific explorations in the designated landing zone.

Noteworthy international collaborations are also part of this mission, with scientific instruments from France, Italy, the European Space Agency/Sweden, and a payload from Pakistan onboard the Chang'e-6 lander and orbiter.

China has a notable track record in space exploration, having successfully launched unmanned missions to the moon, including rover landings, and sending missions to Mars. Additionally, China has announced ambitious plans for a manned lunar landing by 2030, showcasing its commitment to advancing space exploration capabilities.

This mission comes in the wake of India's successful Chandrayaan-3 mission, where its lander touched down near the lunar south pole, marking significant progress in lunar exploration.

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