China to Attempt to Launch Lunar Orbiter Around the Moon and Back
China is set to launch is latest lunar orbiter in the next few days their first attempt in sending a spacecraft around the moon and back to Earth. Although the spacecraft has still no name it will be launched from tomorrow until Sunday. This will be the first lunar module of China that has the capability of returning to Earth that requires withstanding high temperatures that develop when a spacecraft re-enters that terrestrial atmosphere.
This will test the technology that will be used in the Chang’e-5 the fourth Chinese lunar probe that will be gathering samples from the moon’s surface and is set to be launched in 2017. China multibillion dollar space program is a marker of its rising global stature and mounting technical expertise as the project is planning for a permanent orbiting station by 2020 and to eventually send a human being to the moon.
As of the moment, China has one moon rover the Jade Rabbit running in the surface of the moon. The rover was launched as part of Chang’e-3 lunar mission last year has been bugged with mechanical troubles. As of last w eek the moon rover entered its 11th dormancy as lunar night fall and its functions are degrading gracefully.
The latest space probe will be launched at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center located in the southwestern province of Sichuan. Set to fly around the moon for a week, the space probe will return to Earth and will alnd somewhere near the country borders.