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2024-06-04 11:02:52

China lunar probe takes off from Moon carrying samples

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China lunar probe takes off from Moon carrying samples

A module of a Chinese lunar probe successfully took off from the far side of the Moon on Tuesday carrying samples to be taken back to Earth, state media reported, reports BSS.

The achievement is a world first, and the latest leap for Beijing's decades-old space programme, which aims to send a crewed mission to the Moon by 2030.

The ascender module of the Chang'e-6 probe "lifted off from lunar surface", state news agency Xinhua said, citing the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

It described it as "an unprecedented feat in human lunar exploration history".

"The mission has withstood the test of high temperature on the far side of the moon," the CNSA said.

After lift-off, the module "entered a preset orbit around the moon", it added.

The Chang'e-6 module touched down on Sunday in the Moon's immense South Pole-Aitken Basin, one of the largest known impact craters in the solar system, according to the CNSA.

The probe's technically complex 53-day mission began on May 3.

The Chang'e-6 features two methods of sample collection: a drill to collect material under the surface and a robotic arm to grab specimens above the surface.

Bd-pratidin English/Tanvir Raihan

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