Ouyang Ziyuan, former chief scientist of China’s lunar probe project, made the statement during a conference on satellites and space held in Rizhao, East China’s Shandong Province from Friday to Sunday. According to China National Space Administration, the Chang’e-5 mission, which aims to bring back 2 kilograms of samples from the moon surface, will make China the third country to do so after the US and Russia. With the help of AI technology, the probe will have a soft landing on the near side of the moon and then return with a surface sample. To get new findings, the landing site of Chang’e-5 mission will be more than 1,000 kilometres from all the Apollo landing sites, according to Ouyang. The soft landing will be an independent decision made by AI technologies, he noted. Once on the moon, the probe will use an electric shovel to collect soil and a drill to collect rock core. AI may help landing at a more valuable location through its more comprehensive consideration, Pang noted. After finishing its work on the moon, the ascender will rise from the lunar surface for rendezvous and docking with the orbiter flying around the moon. Then the returner will… Read full this story
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