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China is ready to launch Chang’e-6 lunar probe

Beijing, May 2 (Prensa Latina) China will launch the Chang'e-6 probe this week with the objective of collecting samples from the hidden side of the Moon for the first time, an official source announced.

According to the National Space Administration, the probe will take off aboard the Great March-5 Y8 carrier rocket from the Wenchang space launch site in the southern province of Hainan on May 3.

“Chang’e-6 is set to collect samples from the hidden side of the Moon, making this mission the first of its kind in human history,” the source added.

China recently launched a satellite successfully that will enable communications between the Earth and the Moon in anticipation of its future missions.

The Queqiao-2 is part of the fourth phase of China’s lunar exploration program and will provide communications services for the Chang’e-4, Chang’e-6, Chang’e-7 and Chang’e-8 missions.

Among the milestones of China’s space career are the rover that reached the hidden side of the Moon and the construction of the Tiangong or Celestial Palace station.

In addition, China is constantly launching satellites for a variety of purposes, ranging from remote sensing, commercial services, communications, meteorology and research.