The 57-meter-long, 5-meter-diameter, 850-tonne rotary rocket launcher took off from the southern Chinese island of Hainan at 4:30 p.m. morning local time. It was 22.30 in us then.
The rocket’s payload is only a hundredth of its mass – an 8-ton aircraft, which also includes a robotic probe with access to the moon, named after the Chinese moon goddess “Changge”.
China has set itself the goal of recovering lunar samples from our Earth satellite for the first time in four decades. The United States and the Soviet Union flew lunar specimens in the 1970s and 1980s.
“The rocket flies normally, and the spacecraft orbits precisely in the set orbit. “So the rocket took off successfully,” said Hangang Xueyu, a spokesman for the satellite center.
It is true that China planned to carry out this mission three years ago – but then the launch of the probe was hampered by the rocket launcher engine failure.
If this mission is successful, already in 2022. The Chinese plan to have their own manned space station in Earth orbit and send people to the moon soon.
“We will examine, approve and fulfill the mission of the people, it will depend on the scientific need, the technical and the economic situation. “I believe that future lunar exploration should be done on both humans and machines,” said Pei Haaoyu, a spokesman for Chang’e 5.
After the Chinese probe lands on the moon, it is planned to take about 2 kg of rocks and soil samples in the still unexplored area – the so-called Ocean Storm. They are due to return to Earth in a special capsule in late December.