The Chinese National Aeronautics and Space Administration (CNSA) said the launch of China’s Chang-5 spacecraft successfully met the BJT at 5:42 a.m. Sunday, anchored in lunar orbit using an orbiter – return combination.
This is the first time a Chinese spacecraft has encountered and anchored in the lunar orbit, marking the first human attempt to automate an encounter with the lunar orbit.
CNSA said samples collected on the moon, which weighed two kilograms, had been transferred from the climbers to the return.
The Chang-5 mission is one of the most complex in Chinese aviation history, the world’s first lunar sample mission in more than 40 years.
The Chang-5 spacecraft, which includes an orbiter, lander, ascent and retractor, was launched on November 24. Its lander-ascendant combination touched down on the north side of the Mons Rumker, also known as the Storm Ocean, on December 1.
Riser flew off the lunar surface on December 3 after collecting and sealing the samples.
The returnee waits for the right time to detach from the ascent and begin its journey to Earth.
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(With input from Xinhua)