Chang’e-6 slated for mid-year launch

Source: China Internet

News from January 10th – According to the official website of the China National Space Administration, on January 8th and 9th of 2024, the spacecraft components for the Chang’e-6 mission, part of the fourth phase of the lunar exploration program, were transported to Hainan Meilan International Airport aboard an An-124 and a Y-20 aircraft. The components were then delivered to the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in China via road transport. Subsequent preparations for launch, including various pre-launch tests, are being planned.

The Chang’e-6 mission aims to break new ground in areas such as the design and control of the lunar retrograde orbit, intelligent lunar sample collection on the far side of the Moon, and the ascent from the Moon’s far side. This mission will carry out the automatic sample return from the far side of the Moon, while also conducting scientific exploration of the landing area and facilitating international cooperation.

Currently, the launch site facilities are in good condition and all preparations are proceeding in an orderly manner according to schedule. The Chang’e-6 mission is set to launch in the first half of this year.

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