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Chinese probe successfully landed on the far side of the Moon

An autonomous obstacle detection system was used during the descent

The descent of the Chinese probe Chang'e 6 on the far side of the Moon was successfully completed.

The information was provided by the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

The effectiveness of this successful moon landing could provide relevant details about the origins and evolution of said natural satellite, which is also the fifth largest in the solar system.

El vehicle launch It was carried out on May 3 and its controlled descent was achieved at 06:23 local Chinese time this Saturday in the Aitken-South Pole Basin. 

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In this regard, the Sectoral Vice President of Science, Technology, Education and Health, Gabriela Jiménez Ramírez, highlighted that “the landing is a fundamental step to bring unique and scientifically invaluable lunar samples to Earth for analysis,” she noted. Press release of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Likewise, he highlighted that during the descent process, an autonomous visual obstacle detection system was used that automatically identified obstacles based on the differences in light and darkness on the lunar surface. This system allowed the Chang'e-6 probe to avoid possible dangers during its landing.

“The Chang'e-6 lander used a 7.500 newton variable thrust engine to slow down in lunar orbit and begin its descent. The spacecraft entered a hover phase to avoid hazards approximately 100 meters above the surface. “It used light detection and ranging (LiDAR) and optical cameras to find a safe landing site,” the Minister explained.

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Chang'e-6 is China's fourth successful lunar landing in four attempts and the second on the far side of the Moon, “it is also the third lunar landing in 2024. It follows Japan's SLIM in January and the IM-1 lander Odysseus from Intuitive Machines in February.”

In this regard, Jiménez commented that once on the lunar surface, the samples will be transferred to the reentry module, which will be responsible for taking them back to Earth.

He added that teams will now begin initial checks of the lander's systems and will soon begin collecting samples.

“The lander will collect up to 2.000 grams of samples, using a shovel to grab surface regolith and a drill for subsurface material. “The samples are expected to be sent to lunar orbit in about 48 hours,” he finally said.

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