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Leading figure in space science sheds light on mission of Chang'e-6 lunar probe




Leading figure in space science sheds light on mission of Chang'e-6 lunar probe

2024-05-28 01:19 Last Updated At:02:37

China's historic space mission to collect invaluable samples from the far side of the moon could help scientists uncover many mysteries about the celestial body's formation, according to the head of the country's National Space Science Center.

Wang Chi, a leading figure in China's space science scene who has led the construction of several significant national-level projects, including the advanced space-based solar observatory Kuafu-1 and served as commander-in-chief for China's space weather monitoring network Meridian Project Phase II, recently shed light on the Chang'e-6 lunar probe which is currently embarking on its space mission.

Wang, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and director of the National Space Science Center under CAS, said the lunar probe is carrying specific payloads in order to carry out its main task of collecting and bringing back the samples collected from the far side of the moon -- a feat never before achieved in human history.

"The main task of Chang'e-6 is to collect samples from the Aitken Basin on the far side of the Moon and return them. In order to facilitate sampling, we also have a series of payloads. For example, our panoramic camera will be used to detect the terrain and landforms, and an important payload is the lunar radar, which will be used to investigate the geological structure," said Wang.

The Chang'e-6 probe is following in the footsteps of its predecessor Chang'e-5, which previously returned over 1,700 grams of lunar samples back in December 2020.

China later delivered about 17 grams of these samples to 13 institutions which had submitted applications to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the CNSA to utilize them for research purposes.

Researchers have found that these Chang'e-5 samples are likely around 1.96 billion years old, shedding new light on the evolution of the moon, according to the CNSA.

Wang now believes that the current mission has the potential to open up even more groundbreaking discoveries about the moon.

"In the Chang'e-5 mission, we discovered that the geological age of the Moon is about one billion years longer than previously known. This time, we are targeting the Moon's far side, specifically its oldest basin. By doing so, we will be able to investigate and study the oldest lunar soil and regolith, which will help reveal the Moon's formation history," said Wang.

Leading figure in space science sheds light on mission of Chang'e-6 lunar probe

Leading figure in space science sheds light on mission of Chang'e-6 lunar probe

China, under the Global Security Initiative (GSI) proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, has made remarkable progress in global security cooperation with other countries and international organizations, playing a pivotal role in maintaining world peace and tranquility, said officials in Beijing on Thursday.

China on Thursday issued the first progress report on the implementation of the Global Security Initiative, presenting Chinese solutions for solving security challenges facing humanity.

On the same day, the Global Security Initiative Research Center was established in Beijing.

The Global Security Initiative has garnered support and appreciation from over 100 countries and international and regional organizations. The initiative and its core concepts have been written into more than 90 bilateral and multilateral documents on exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries and international organizations.

In April 2022, President Xi Jinping put forward the Global Security Initiative. Upholding the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, China has worked with the international community to comprehensively implement the initiative, injecting strong impetus into world peace and tranquility.

"Together with the Global Development and Civilization Initiatives, the GSI forms a composite whole, providing a comprehensive blueprint for the promotion of international peace, security and stability," said Pakistani Ambassador to China Khalil Hashmi at the launching ceremony of both the center and the report.

Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Chen Xiaodong highlighted the Global Security Initiative's success in uniting international efforts to seek common security.

Chen noted that the initiative represents a beacon of hope for political resolutions to hot-spot issues, strengthens international synergy for enhancing security governance, and establishes a platform for promoting international security exchange and cooperation.

"In the face of multiple traditional and non-traditional security risks and challenges, China, driven by its initiatives, conducts extensive security cooperation with various parties in the fields including peacekeeping, counterterrorism, climate change, disaster prevention and reduction, digital governance, and combating transnational crime. They have made steady progress and accumulated achievements in cooperation, thus bringing tangible benefits to people worldwide and playing a crucial role in maintaining world peace and tranquility," Chen said.

Chen emphasized China's commitment to working with all parties in advancing global security cooperation. This entails taking concrete actions across 20 key cooperation areas, including supporting the role of the United Nations, non-proliferation, information security, artificial intelligence, and combating transnational crime.

China achieves significant progress in global security cooperation for world peace, tranquility

China achieves significant progress in global security cooperation for world peace, tranquility

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