China’s Chandrayaan has returned to Earth after taking samples of rocks and debris from the lunar surface. Government media reported that ‘Chang E5’ landed in Sijiwang district of Inner Mongolia region on Thursday.
The capsule first separated from its orbital module and made a rapid leap to enter the Earth’s atmosphere. Two of the four modules of ‘Chang E5’ reached the lunar surface on December 1 and they excavated and collected nearly two kilograms of samples.
These samples were placed in sealed containers and transferred to the return module. ‘Chang E5’ is the third Chinese vehicle to reach the lunar surface. This is a recent campaign to link China’s ambitious space program. The Chang E4, sent as part of the expedition, was the first vehicle to reach the far side of the moon.
Earlier, scientists had received samples from the moon through the Luna 24 spacecraft containing robots sent by the former Soviet Union.