China looking to collect samples from silver sphere’s far side

Silver sphere's far side of moon

Chinese astronauts, researchers, and engineers are considering collecting the data and samples from the far side of the moon by sending their robotic probes. The robotic probes will collect rocks and dust from the silver sphere’s far side, which never faces Earth.

The deputy director of the China National Space Administration, Wu Yanhua, claimed that Russia, US, and China have previously successfully managed to bring lunar substances back to earth. But, now it is the first time that China is looking forward to moving one step ahead to explore and collect the substances from the far side of moon.

Wu while talking to reporters at a news briefing at the administration’s headquarters in Beijing told that the astronauts and researchers of China have recommended using Chang’e 6 robotic mission to the far side of moon and can land there and bring back the substances.

“Many scientists at home and abroad told us that they are eagerly expecting us to bring samples back from the far side because such materials will be very scientifically valuable,” he said. “They will enable scientists to advance their studies about the far side’s age. Researchers will also analyze the samples’ composition to broaden the knowledge about the far side.”

China is considering verifying the hypothesis that volcanoes became inactive about four billion years ago on the far side which they established in Chang’s 5 probe mission. The official said the substances brought back by China’s Chang’e 5 probe have helped scientists find that there still were volcanic activities on the moon’s near side around two billion years ago

Wu added that for doing so, it will be a need to transmit the signals between the silver sphere’s far side and the ground control.

Wu also added that:

“Currently, we have the Queqiao relay satellite operating in lunar orbit to transmit signals between the control center and the Chang’e 4 lander as well as the Yutu 2 rover, but it will not work long enough to support the Chang’e 6 mission. So we are mulling over the feasibility of a signal relay and navigation network above the moon,”

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