China announced that the Chinese probe Chang & # 39; e-4, successfully launched on December 8, went into the planned orbit on Sunday morning and is preparing for the moon for the first time in the hidden sector of the moon. Not yet investigated, as announced by the National Space Administration of China (CNSA, for its abbreviation in English), reports Xinhua.
According to CNSA, the Chinese probe entered an elliptical lunar orbit from the perilun about 15 kilometers and apoluno about 100 kilometers at 8:55 (Beijing time).
After Chang & # 39; e-4 entered lunar orbit on December 12, the ground control center in Beijing twice cut the probe's orbit and checked the communication line between the probe and the satellite Kechyao artificial relay operating in halo orbit around the second Lagrange point L2 of the Earth-Moon system.
The space engineers also checked the imaging tools and range finders on the probe to prepare for landing. For its part, this body clarified that the control center will select the correct time when the probe will be located on the surface of the moon.
- On December 8, China successfully launched the probe Chang & # 39; e-4 on a Long March 3B rocket to explore the hidden sector of the natural satellite of the Earth. It is assumed that this probe – named after the goddess of the moon in Chinese mythology – will complete its journey on January 4, when it is located in the crater of von Karman.
- There he will take measurements and collect stones, which could reveal new details about this uncharted area of our satellite. In addition, it is expected that the depth of the crater allows us to study the crust and mantle of the lunar region, the most distant from the Earth.
- China’s next target will be to launch the Chang & # 39; e-5 probe, whose task will be to deliver samples of the Moon from Earth.