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China intends to launch a lunar orbiter this year
In China, a returnable lunar orbiter is preparing for launch, reports Xinhua news agency.
10 August, the experimental apparatus was delivered from Beijing to Xichang Airport (Sichuan Province, Southwest China), from where it will be transported to the Sichang Cosmodrome.
The launch should be carried out before the end of this year, the State Administration of Defense Science, Technology and Industry said. The program provides for the output of the device to the lunar orbit and return to Earth at a speed close to the second space velocity (11,2 kilometers per second).
This is one of the experimental models of the Chinese lunar probe "Chang'e-5", whose mission is to land on the moon, collect samples of lunar soil and return to Earth. The upcoming launch will help refine the technologies needed to successfully complete these tasks.