(Xinhua / Jin Liwang)
BEIJING, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) – China’s Chang’e-5 spacecraft boarding vehicle has successfully completed its appointment and docked with the orbiter capsule combination in lunar orbit again, China’s National Space Administration (ANEC) said on Sunday.
It was the first time a Chinese spacecraft had made an appointment and docked in the moon’s orbit.
The ANEC said samples collected on the moon were taken from the ascending vehicle to the return capsule.
Chang’e-5 is one of the most complex and challenging missions in the history of Chinese aerospace, as well as the first mission to collect samples of the world’s moon over 40 years.
The Chinese Chang’e-5 spacecraft, consisting of orbiters, landers, ascending vehicles and return capsules, was launched on November 24, and its combination of ascending lander vehicles touched the northern Mons Rumker in the Oceanus Procellarum, also known as the Storm Ocean spectacularly on December 1st.
After collecting and sealing the samples, the ascending vehicle of the Chang’e-5 probe came out of the moon’s surface on December 3rd.
The return orbit capsule combination will be separated from the ascending vehicle and will wait for the right moment to return to Earth.