China's Chang'e-5 spacecraft successfully entered the orbit of a natural Earth satellite yesterday and is preparing to land, as reported by representatives of the Chinese National Space Administration.
This device, directed to the moon to collect regolith samples, successfully entered the orbit of a natural Earth satellite after almost 112 hours of flight.
The probe engine was launched after it reached 400 km from the surface of the moon and was stopped after 17 minutes.
We remind that China launched a lunar probe on November 24 in order to collect and deliver samples of lunar soil to Earth. This is the country's first attempt to extract samples of an extraterrestrial body.
If this mission is successful, this will mean that Russia is lagging behind in space now not only from the United States, but also from China, as Vladimir Surdin, an employee of the Sternberg Astronomical Institute, believes.
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