On October 24, China launched its first space mission to moon and back is Beijing’s latest step as part of their ambition to finally put a Chinese on the moon.
In the statement released by State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND), the unnamed space probe is set to travel around the moon and head back to earth though entering the atmosphere and safely landing on the ground.
The probe launched on Xichang space base was considered successful. The module is expected to be 413,000 kilometres from Earth on the eighth day of its journey. The probe will come back and re-enter the atmosphere at 11.2 kilometres per second (25,000 mph) and will generate high temperature before it will slow down and land in the China’s inner Mongolian area.
The launched probe is part of the test technology that will soon be used for Chang'e-5, the fourth lunar probe of China, bound to collect moon specimens to be launched on 2017.
The multi-billion space expedition is Beijing’s way to mark its rising global stature and evolving technical expertise. It will be used as the evidence of the Communist Party's success in making the country advance from their once poverty stricken state.
China plans to put a permanently orbiting station on space by 2020 and finally send a Chinese citizen on the moon. The country currently has a rover named Jade Rabbit on the moon. The Chang'e-3 lunar mission late in 2013 was said to be a success by the Chinese authorities despite having some mechanical problems. Reference: abs-cbn