China will soon launch a probe that will help them collect samples from the moon. This will be initiated by the end of this year. This was an official statement made by a member of the space on Monday. This happened just weeks after Beijing hailed the successful touch down of the far side of the moon.
Beijing’s Chang’e-4 lunar probe landed on earth on January 3 and transmitted the first-ever “close range” image of the far side of the moon.
China’s National Space Administration appreciated the event and called it as the first which “lifted the mysterious veil” of the far side of the moon and also claimed this as a major achievement for the country’s ambitious space programme.
The tasks of the Chang’e-4 include astronomical observation, surveying the moon’s terrain and mineral makeup, and measuring the neutron radiation and neutral atoms which will help in the studies of the environment of moon’s far side.
The Chang’e-5 mission is all set to collect samples from the near side of the moon and this will be carried out by the end of the year.
Wu Yanhua, the deputy head of the space administration, during a briefing, said that another probe will be sent to Mars by 2020 for an official online transcript.
Wu said- “The Chang’e 5 mission will lay the basis for further probes which are being planned to be sent to the moon’s south pole and might as well return back with samples from the far side of the moon, and this depends on the results collected in the upcoming mission. Tests are being carried out for the future missions and this will lay the groundwork for building on the moon’s surface, wherein we are testing technologies like 3D printing or the use of moon soil in construction. China, the United States, Russia, and European nations, among others, are all actively exploring whether or not to build a base or research station on the moon.“
The moon is tidally locked to Earth, and it rotates at the same rate as it orbits our planet, which means most of the far side or the “dark side” is never visible to us. Previous spacecraft have seen the far side, but none of them have landed on it.
China has made space exploration a top priority in recent years, and it has been racing to catch up with Russia and the United States and will also become a major space power by 2030. Beijing, on the other hand, plans to launch construction of its own manned space station next year.