Saturday , January 23 2021

Space Space: China's Lunar Lander goes into orbit Moon Science

China's Lunar Lander Aang-4 successfully entered orbit around the moon.

After a journey of 240,000 km (385,000 km) lasting 110 hours, the spacecraft shot its retrorockets on December 12 while only 80 miles above the moon surface. It placed it in a steady elliptical orbit, where it will remain until the landing attempt, which is expected next month.

Changee-4 was launched on December 7 on a long-range 3-B rocket from the Launch Center of Shijang in the Chinese province of Sichuan.

It is the second spacecraft in the mission of China's National Space Administration (CNSA) to try the first landing on the far side of the moon.

The first spacecraft, a communications relay satellite called Queqiao, was launched on May 20 and is now on its operational route about 40,000 kilometers beyond the Moon.

A relay is needed because as soon as the lander is on the far side of the moon, it will not be in sight of Earth.

No landing date has yet been published, but it is expected to occur in early January, after mission controllers have tested all systems.

The spacecraft carries experiments and instruments from several countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Sweden.

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