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Chang'e-6 capsule returns to Earth with samples from far side of moon in historic mission

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Chang'e-6 capsule returns to Earth with samples from far side of moon in historic mission

2024-06-25 22:24 Last Updated At:23:37

China's Chang'e-6 lunar module returned to Earth on Tuesday afternoon, successfully completing its historic mission to collect the first ever samples from the far side of the moon in a major milestone for the country's space program.

The return capsule landed at a predetermined site in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region at 14:07 Beijing Time.

Descending to approximately 10 kilometers above ground at around 13:57, the Chang'e-6 return capsule deployed its parachute, completed its final deceleration, maintained a stable posture, and subsequently landed smoothly in the designated area in Siziwang Banner.

"This truly marks a significant leap forward. No one else in the world has yet obtained samples from the far side of the moon, so the scientists had exceptionally high expectations for this mission. We also plan to conduct additional exploratory experiments to enhance the comprehensiveness and value of our exploration mission," said Hu Hao, chief designer of the Chang'e-6 mission.

"Being capable of reaching the far side, conducting take-offs and ascents from the lunar surface, swiftly rendezvousing and docking, and returning. All of these capabilities will significantly aid us in future missions, whether in manned or unmanned spaceflight missions," noted Ye Peijian, a technical consultant at the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation in Beijing.

Chang'e-6 represents China's most complex lunar exploration mission to date, showcasing numerous engineering innovations and successfully navigating significant risks and challenges, including breakthroughs in lunar retrograde orbit design and control technologies, as well as intelligent rapid sampling and lunar ascent from the far side with the support of the Queqiao-2 relay satellite.

The Chang'e-6 return capsule will be sent to Beijing for sample retrieval and removal of payloads.

The China National Space Administration plans to hold a handover ceremony to formally transfer the lunar samples to the Chinese Academy of Sciences for subsequent storage, analysis, and research.

Chang'e-6 capsule returns to Earth with samples from far side of moon in historic mission

Chang'e-6 capsule returns to Earth with samples from far side of moon in historic mission

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Greater Heat arrives with heatwave

2024-07-22 21:04 Last Updated At:21:37

"Greater Heat," the 12th solar term in traditional Chinese lunisolar calendars, arrived in China at 15:44 on Monday.

Greater Heat is the hottest of the traditional 24 solar terms.

The 24 solar terms, consisting of 12 major solar terms and 12 minor solar terms, were created thousands of years ago by the ancient Chinese to guide agricultural production.

During the Greater Heat, the average temperature across China is likely to reach 22 degrees Celsius and the average maximum temperature is about 34 degrees Celsius.

Temperature above 35 degrees Celsius becomes frequent and there are often temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.

This year, national average temperature around the Greater Heat is between 32 and 36 degrees Celsius, said Song Yingjie, chief meteorological services specialist of China Meteorological Administration, at a press conference in Beijing on Monday, adding that heatstroke prevention and cooling are important.

"According to this year's weather forecast, regions like central, east, northwest and southwest China, including Sichuan and Chongqing, are likely to experience periodic high temperatures. Under relatively prolonged weather of high temperatures, it is necessary to take precautionary measures to prevent heatstroke and lower the heat for construction workers and primary and middle school students who will take tours in their summer vocation," said Song.

On Monday morning, Shanghai Meteorological Service issued an orange alert for high temperature, with many parts of the city seeing their maximum temperatures exceeding 37 degrees Celsius.

Hot weather is to persist in the following two days, said the service, adding that maximum daily temperatures are all above 35 degrees Celsius over the period.

Also on Monday, the meteorological service of Hangzhou City, the provincial capital of Zhejiang in east China, issued a red alert for high temperature. Data showed that the maximum temperature in downtown Hangzhou reached 40 degrees Celsius.

Authorities reminded the public to take emergency measures to prevent heatstroke and to avoid staying outdoors.

From Wednesday, Hangzhou will see a round of rain, which is likely to ease impacts of heat waves.

Greater Heat arrives with heatwave

Greater Heat arrives with heatwave

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