An Ascender from the Chinese Chang-5 spacecraft successfully met B BT on Sunday at 5:42 a.m. and hooked up with a return orbiter in lunar orbit, the China National Space Agency (CNSA) said.
This is the first time a Chinese spacecraft has met and anchored in lunar orbit, which also marked the first attempt by man to automate encounter with the moon.
The specimens collected on the Moon, weighing about 2 kilograms, were transferred from the ascendant to the return, according to CNSA.
The Chang-5 mission is one of the most complicated in the history of Chinese aviation and also the first lunar sampling mission in the world in more than 40 years.
The Chang-5 spacecraft containing an orbiter, land, elevator and retractor was launched on November 24, and its land-space combination hit the northern part of Mons Ramker in the Procanlarum Ocean, also known as the Stormy Ocean, near The moon on December 1.
After the specimens were collected and sealed, the lifter flew from the moon on December 3rd.
The orbiter then separates from the ascendant and waits for the right time to begin its journey back to Earth.
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(Entering from Xinhua)