Fifth lu­nar probe sched­uled for 2017

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

China is set to launch the un­manned Chang’e-5, its fifth lu­nar probe, in South China’s Hainan prov­ince in 2017, a top Chi­nese space sci­en­tist and a na­tional po­lit­i­cal ad­viser told Xin­hua.

It is the first Chi­nese lu­nar probe that will col­lect lu­nar sam­ples and re­turn to Earth. The re­search into the launch is go­ing as planned, said Ye Pei­jian, chief designer of Chang’e-1, China’s first moon probe, and chief com­man­der of the Chang’e-2 and Chang’e-3 mis­sions.

China’s lu­nar ex­plo­ration pro­gram, named af­ter the mytho­log­i­cal moon god­dess Chang’e, is di­vided into three stages: or­bit­ing, land­ing and re­turn. (Photo 4)

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