Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Moon News .

Service Module of Chinese Probe Enters Lunar Orbit
by Staff Writers
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 13, 2015

File image.

The service module of China's unmanned test lunar spacecraft successfully entered orbit in Sunday after slowing down, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center reported.

According to instruction, the module decelerated and entered an 8-hour elliptical moon orbit with a perilune of 200 kilometers and an apolune of 5,300 kilometers.

According to the center, the orbiter has sustained balanced energy and is in good condition. Tracking of the service module was stable, and relevant tests were carried out smoothly.

The module is set to make its second and third braking maneuver on January 12 and 13 respectively to enable it to enter the target 127-minute orbit for testing technologies which are vital for the success of the country's first lunar mission, Chang'e-5, center's chief engineer Zhou Jianliang said.

"The first braking is the most crucial," Zhou said as quoted by Xinhua news agency. "Precise braking must be performed at perilune to prevent it from flying away from the moon."

The lunar orbiter was launched on October 24. It reached the Earth-Moon second Lagrange Point in late November and left it on January 4 after completing all preset tasks.

The probe Chang'e-5 is expected to be sent to the Moon, collect samples and return to Earth in 2017.

The Chinese Lunar Exploration Program has a three phase design. The first phase was aimed at orbiting the Moon, with the second phase having the objective of making a soft landing, while the third phase purports to bring a sample of the lunar surface back to Earth.

Chang'e-5 is expected to be sent to the Moon, collect samples and return to Earth in 2017.

Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly

paypal only


Related Links
China National Space Administration
Center for Space Science and Applied Research
Mars News and Information at
Lunar Dreams and more

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Chinese spacecraft to return to moon's orbit
Beijing (XNA) Jan 06, 2015
The service module of China's unmanned lunar orbiter is scheduled to return to the moon's orbit in mid-January for more tests to prepare for the country's next lunar probe mission, Chang'e-5. On Sunday, the service module left the Earth-Moon second Lagrange Point (L2) after circling the point while performing additional tests, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry fo ... read more

Russia-EU Mars Research Program to Be Completed

Mars is warmer than some parts of the U.S. and Canada

NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Climbs to High Point on Rim

Potential Signs of Ancient Life in Mars Rover Photos

Scientists Pinpoint Saturn With Exquisite Accuracy

More accurate Saturn positioning helps improve astro navigation

Signs of Europa Plumes Remain Elusive in Search of Cassini Data

Saturn's Moons: What a Difference a Decade Makes

Swarms of Pluto-Size Objects Kick Up Dust around Adolescent Sun-Like Star

On Pluto's Doorstep, NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Awakens for Encounter

New Horizons Wakes Up on Pluto's Doorstep

NASA craft to probe Pluto after nine-year journey

Service Module of Chinese Probe Enters Lunar Orbit

Service module of China's lunar orbiter enters 127-minute orbit

Chinese spacecraft to return to moon's orbit

Russian Company Proposes to Build Lunar Base

Revealing the inner workings of a molecular motor

New technology focuses diffuse light inside living tissue

Mysteries of 'molecular machines' revealed

Dartmouth researchers create 'green' process to reduce molecular switching waste

Watch NASA test the newest space launch system rocket engine

NASA Completes Investigation of July 2014 Sounding Rocket Failure

Rocketdyne Completes Hot-Fire Test With RS-25 Engine Controller Unit

RS-25 Engine Testing Blazes Forward for Space Launch System

China launches the FY-2 08 meteorological satellite successfully

China's Long March puts satellite in orbit on 200th launch

Countdown to China's new space programs begins

China develops new rocket for manned moon mission: media

Russia delays decision on using ISS after 2020

SpaceX delivers late Xmas gifts to Space Station

Space station worms help battle muscle and bone loss

Fresh supplies and experiments for Samantha

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.