The current exploration status of China cannot compete with Russia and United States. However, China is still trying really hard to join the race of space probe. The recent economic stability of the country helps the concerned authorities to give attention to stars.
Recently, China has sent an unmanned spacecraft service module that orbits around the moon. It is certainly a great success for the Chinese space agency. The chief objective of Chang’e 5 is to gather minimum 4lbs (2Kg) of soil and rock samples from the surface of the moon. The mining of the moon will provide rare helium isotope that can improve the demand of energy in future.
Additionally, the ground controllers have also incorporated a camera system in the module. The camera will detect further landing spots for the Chang’e 5’s next mission.
As per the reports of Chinese media, the service module entered the orbit of the moon this week. Presently, the spacecraft is travelling in an eight hour orbit which makes it inside 125 miles (200 kilometers) of the lunar surface.
Zhou Jianlian, chief engineer of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center informs that the module will perform its second and third braking in the morning of 12th Jan. It will allow the moon to enter a 127 minute orbit around the moon.
The accomplishment of the mission will make China the third country of the world which completes such a feat.