A Chinese probe lands on the far side of the moon to collect rare samples

The Chang'e 6 spacecraft landed on the far side of the moon on Sunday. (China Stringer Network/Reuters/File photo)

A Chinese spacecraft Unmanned Landed On Sunday, June 2 A hidden face of the moonAs reported Chinese Space AgencyThis marks his second task In the midst of development, to the lunar region where no other country has landed International competition around Space exploration.

If successful, this will be the first assignment Collect samples of the hidden side of the moon.

The China National Space Administration Sent an inquiry Chandra Chang 6 Collect rocks and other materials near and around a so-called impact crater Apollo BasinThis is part of it Greater South Pole-Aitken Basin Nilavin, according to the country's official news agency Xinhua.

He Song 6 Landed in 6:23 morning, local time, after launch into space May 3, 2024 from Wenchang Space Launch CenterLocated in South Hainan Island. In Chinese mythology, Chang'e is Moon Goddess.

The probe was launched on May 3, 2024 from the launch pad of the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan, China. (REUTERS/Eduardo Baptista)

China, America, Japan, India And Russia Big investments have been made Space exploration In recent years, the meeting in a field promoted as a symbol throughout history can And this National progress.

to China And AmericaIn particular, the Competition Around scientific frontiers Space; Both countries covet the award for sending men the moon For the second time in history, with America I plan to do it as soon as possible 2026 And China Plans the same 2030. (America It was the first country to land on the moon with a mission Apollo 11 in 1969).

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The The hidden side of the moon The lunar hemisphere is always opposite land. The word “darkness” does not refer to a lack of light, but to the truth Scientists They know very little about this hemisphere.

China's National Space Administration sent the Chang'e 6 lunar probe to collect rocks and other materials in the Apollo basin. (China Daily/REUTERS)

Astronauts on a mission Apollo 8 They looked at the page first Darkness Inside 1968And this Song 4 He made the first landing in history there January 2019.

The communication Radio waves are blocked by thick, solid rocks, forcing scientists to use remote sensing that is more difficult. Satellite Broadcasting Send signals to the spacecraft and work with a narrow window for sample collection. He Rough terrain It also makes landing difficult.

It is expected that Song 6 Some of late 15 hours Inside Collect samples. To fit within that short time frame, scientists CNSA They created spaceship It makes autonomous decisions by executing fewer commands than in previous tasks. Xinhua.

He Purpose of work To be developed Technology Model force, as well as take-off and climb capabilities The hidden side of the moonhe added Xinhua.

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