Chang’e-5 Collected 1.7 kg of Lunar Materials

Chang’e-5 sample container. (Credit: CNSA)

BEIJING (CNSA PR) — On the morning of December 19, the National Space Administration held a lunar sample handover ceremony for the lunar exploration project Chang’e 5 mission in Beijing. Together with some participating units, they witnessed the handover of the samples to the mission ground application system, marking that the Chang’e 5 mission was completed The implementation phase has officially shifted to a new stage of scientific research, which kicked off our country’s first extraterrestrial celestial body sample storage, analysis and research work.

At the handover ceremony, Zhang Kejian, director of the National Space Administration and commander-in-chief of the lunar exploration project, handed over the Chang’e-5 sample container to Hou Jianguo, president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and handed over the sample certificate.

After preliminary measurements, the Chang’e-5 mission collected about 1,731 grams [3.82 lb] of lunar samples. After the samples are safely transported to the lunar sample laboratory, the scientific research personnel of the ground application system will carry out the storage, preparation and processing of the lunar samples as planned, and start scientific research.

  The National Space Administration will subsequently publicly release the Lunar Sample Management Measures and related management policies for the Chang’e-5 mission, organize sample management, coordinate and promote sample scientific research, encourage more domestic and foreign scientists to participate, strive to obtain more scientific results, and carry out mission-related tasks. Public science and cultural exchanges.

  On November 24, the Chang’e-5 probe was launched into orbit and experienced earth-moon transfer, near-moon braking, two-by-two separation, stable moon landing, drilling meter sampling, lunar take-off, rendezvous and docking, sample transfer, round-the-moon waiting.

During the phases of lunar-ground transfer and re-entry and recovery, after 23 days of work in orbit, the returner carried lunar samples and landed in the planned area of ​​Siziwang Banner, Inner Mongolia on December 17. The mission was a complete success. 

Since then, the Chang’e-5 returner was safely transported to Beijing, and the opening of the cabin and related processing work was completed. The scientific and technical personnel successfully took out the lunar sample container.