China’s Chang’e-5 completes moon surface sample collecting, packaging

▲Chang’e-5 lunar probe carries out automatic sample collecting work on moon surface. Photo: CNSA


After 19 hours of surface operation, China’s Chang’e-5 probe has completed automatic robotic sample collecting, sealing and packaging work on moon surface as of 10 pm Wednesday

The sealed lunar sample package has been loaded into the ascender, which will lift off from the moon surface to transfer the moon dust and rocks to the orbital module waiting in lunar orbit.

Payloads onboard the Chang’e-5 lander vehicle, including its lunar soil composition analytical instrument, are working at a normal status, carrying out planned scientific tasks and providing information support for sampling.

Global Times

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