China’s Chang’e-6 lunar probe has successfully entered its circumlunar orbit, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said on Wednesday.

At 10:12 am (Beijing time) on Wednesday, Chang’e-6 successfully performed a braking procedure near the Moon before entering circumlunar orbit, according to the CNSA.

The braking procedure near the Moon is a fundamental orbital control for Chang’e-6 during its flight. Braking causes its relative speed to be less than the lunar escape velocity, so that it can be captured by the Moon’s gravity and fly around it.

With the support of the Queqiao-2 relay satellite, Chang’e-6 will later adjust the altitude and inclination of the orbit around the Moon and choose a suitable time to carry out the separation of the orbiter-returner combination and the lander-lander combination. lift.

The lander-lift combination will then perform a soft landing in the South Pole-Aitken Basin to carry out the sampling and return mission on the far side of the Moon as planned.


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