China’s Mission to Collect Moon Samples

There’s some interesting news coming out of China that I had to share with you all.

The following information is from Space.

China’s highly anticipated moon mission is scheduled for launch next week, November 24, 2020. The Long March 5 rocket, weighing 18,000 lbs. (8,200 kilograms), is set to make the trip. And this rocket will include the Chang’e 5 lunar sample-return spacecraft that was shown at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province.

As for this mission’s objective, the following was advised:

Chang’e 5’s sample collector will use a robotic arm and a drill to snag about 4.4 lbs. (2 kg) of moon dirt and rock, including material that will be sourced from up to 6.5 feet (2 meters) underground. The ascent vehicle will then loft this cache to lunar orbit, where it will dock with one of the orbiting modules and then be integrated into the other, which will haul the stuff back to Earth.

I’ll keep you all updated on any new findings.

To check out the full article, click here. If you have any additional information, feel free to comment below.

Until Next Time…


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s