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China's Chang'e-6 space probe has landed on the dark side of the Moon

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The research capsule of the Chinese Chang'e-6 space probe landed on the dark side of the Moon, invisible from Earth, on the night from Saturday to Sunday. The purpose of the mission is to collect samples of lunar soil, world media reported on Sunday, citing the China National Space Agency and the Xinhua news agency.

The lander of the Chinese Chang'e-6 space probe has reached the designated area on the side of the Moon far from Earth, the China National Space Agency (CNSA) announced on the night from Saturday to Sunday. The purpose of landing at the southern end of the Apollo crater, in the area of ​​the South Pole-Aitken impact basin, is to collect samples of lunar soil.

The mission, which started on May 3, aims to deliver about two kilograms of research material to Earth, for the first time in history from the side of the Silver Globe invisible from Earth. The research probe was launched into orbit from the Wenchang Space Center by the Chang Zheng 5 (Long March 5) launch system.

The landing of the capsule with lunar soil samples is scheduled for June 25.

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The agencies remind that China may become the third country in history – after the USSR and the USA – that managed to bring lunar samples to Earth, but the first to provide research material from the side of the Moon invisible from Earth.

In 2003, China conducted its first manned space mission.

Main photo source: Reuters



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