China aims to launch the Chang’e-6 probe to collect samples in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the far side of the Moon around 2024, said a space expert on Saturday.
Hu Hao, the chief designer of the third stage of China’s lunar exploration program, told the China Space Conference, held in Nanjing, east China’s Jiangsu Province, that detailed designing on the mission is in progress.
China launched the Chang’e-5 probe in 2020, successfully bringing home 1,731 grams of Moon samples.
As the backup of the Chang’e-5 mission, the Chang’e-6 mission would also collect lunar samples automatically for comprehensive analysis and research.
Header: Technical personnel monitor the rendezvous and docking of the ascender of China’s Chang’e-5 probe with the orbiter-returner combination at Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 6, 2020. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)