China has sent a spacecraft to the moon, with no astronauts aboard. The spacecraft will try to get rocks and other artifacts from the surface of the moon. This is the first mission of its kind in four decades.
The “Chang Five Probe” mission launches at the WenChang Space Center in Hainan Province on Tuesday morning.
Thousands watched the spacecraft ascend to the moon, which was also broadcast live.
If China succeeds in this mission, it will be the first country after the United States and Russia to be able to extract rock and clay samples from the surface of the moon.
American astronauts brought 382 kilograms of rock and soil from the moon during the Apollo mission between 1969 and 1972, while Russian astronauts were able to obtain samples weighing 170 grams from the moon in 1976.
The ‘Change Five Probe’ will try to get two kilograms of samples from this part of the moon where no mission has gone before.
According to scientists, the examination of these specimens can help unravel other mysteries, including the creation of the moon.
It should be noted that Beijing has invested billions of dollars in its space program while it also intends to send astronauts to the moon by 2022.
In this regard, China has made great efforts to compete with the United States and Russia. Astronauts from these countries have been traveling in space for decades.
A look at China’s space travel
Before the mission was launched into space in 2003, the country’s live telecast was shut down due to concerns about its success. Despite the concerns, the mission was successful. Yang circled the earth 14 times in a 21-hour flight.
Since then, China has been sending men and women into space. Since then, China has been trying to build its own space station.
The Chinese space mission Tiangong-1 was launched into space in September 2011. In 2013, another Chinese woman went into space. Astronaut Wang Yaping taught Chinese children about the station via video call from space.
In 2013, the Jade Rabbit spacecraft was sent to the moon. The spacecraft first disappeared and stopped signaling. But then, dramatically, it regained contact with the earth and remained on the surface of the moon for 31 months.
In 2016, China sent its second station, Tiangong-2, into space. It is located 244 miles above the earth and according to experts, China will soon be able to build a space station where astronauts can stay.
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