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China's Chang'e-5 probe decelerates again

Updated: Nov 30,2020 07:04 AM    Xinhua
This image from video animation is provided by the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC). China's Chang'e-5 probe performed braking for the second time at 20:23 pm on Nov 29 (Beijing Time), according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA). After the deceleration, the probe started flying in a near circular orbit from an elliptical path around the moon, said the CNSA. [Photo/Xinhua]
This image from video animation is provided by the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC). China's Chang'e-5 probe performed braking for the second time at 20:23 pm on Nov 29 (Beijing Time). [Photo/Xinhua]
This image from video animation is provided by the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC). China's Chang'e-5 probe performed braking for the second time at 20:23 pm on Nov 29 (Beijing Time). [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — China's Chang'e-5 probe performed braking for the second time at 20:23 pm on Nov 29 (Beijing Time), according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

After the deceleration, the probe started flying in a near circular orbit from an elliptical path around the moon, said the CNSA.

In the next step, the lander-ascender combination of the spacecraft will separate from its orbiter-returner combination.

The lander-ascender combination will execute a soft landing on the moon to collect the country's first samples from an extraterrestrial body.

The probe decelerated for the first time and entered the lunar orbit on Nov 28.

Technical personnel work at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) in Beijing, capital of China, Nov 29, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
Technical personnel work at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) in Beijing, capital of China, Nov 29, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
Technical personnel work at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) in Beijing, capital of China, Nov 29, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

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