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Chang’e-5 Lander Separates, Touchdown Expected in Next Few Days

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
November 30, 2020
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BEIJING (CNSA PR) — On November 30, the flight control team of the Chang’e-5 mission of the lunar exploration project implemented the separation of the lander and ascender assembly of the Chang’e-5 probe from the orbiter and returner assembly as planned. At 4:40 in the morning, under the precise control of scientific and technical personnel, the Chang’e-5 detector assembly separated smoothly. 

Up to now, the detector systems are in good condition, and the ground measurement and control communication is normal. The orbiter and returner assembly will continue to fly on the lunar orbit with an average altitude of about 200 kilometers and wait for the ascender to rendezvous and dock, and the lander and ascender assembly.

The opportunity will be chosen to implement a soft landing on the lunar surface, and follow-up work such as automatic sampling.