China announced on Monday, January 14, 2019, the intention to continue expanding its program in space exploration with one mission collection samples gives Moon this year and another in 2020 whose objective will be Mars, informed the deputy director of the National Space Agency in China (ANEC), Wu Yanhua.
After Chinese probe Change 4 Alunizara "with total success" on the last day 3 in Hidden Face of the Moon for the first time in history, Beijing they pass transport for the fragments of land of satellite: "The mission to collect samples from the Change 5 is expected by the end of 2019, "Wu said.
These samples will hit the blue planet "by 2020", specified the ANEC number two, the same date for which is scheduled "the first Mars exploration mission", some companies – said Wu open to international equity participation.
Other future missions, especially planned change 8, will try to prove "key technologies"and" carry out the preliminary exploration "- assured the speaker – aimed at the construction of a scientific basis on the Moon in the future for which, however, he refused to give deadlines.
Wu also did not detail dates for a possible manned mission to the moon, a supposed "they are studying Chinese scientists"at the moment" in the research phase and not yet in the decision phase ".
In relation to the current mission, Shift 4, its chief engineer, Sun Zezhou, difficulties of ground with which you could run into vehicle explorer on face to hide of the Moon, since the 360-degree photograph published last Friday, January 11 by ANEC showed a land dotted with craters.
However, the specialist pointed out that "if there is an obstacle ahead, the vehicle will stop and go find another way In addition, you should be able to adapt easily to the obstacles and increases. "
The Change 4 is composed of a landing module and an explorer vehicle, which was baptized as Yutu 2 (in Chinese mythology, "yutu" means "Bunny in jade", Mascot of change, a goddess who lives on the moon).
The probe took just under a month to reach its goal: it was launched on December 8, entered lunar orbit four days later and made its landing on the Moon on the third day at 10:26 am in China (02:26). GMT).
The Change program began with the launch of a first probe in 2007 and since then four more devices have been brought to Earth's only satellite.