The landing site for the May return and sampling mission of China’s Chang’e-5 complex now has a name: Tianchuan Station.
Statio means station or station in Latin, and is also used as the official name of the NASA Apollo 11 landing site, Statio Tranquillitatis; and the Tianhe Station, the landing site of China’s Chang’e 4, located on the opposite side of the moon. Tianchuan is derived from the name of a Chinese constellation, meaning a ship sailing in the Milky Way. Tianchuan consists of nine bright stars located in the east of Perseus.
The name was approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in May, which is responsible for overseeing all space features and official names for solar system objects.
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Chang’e 5 landed on the lunar surface at 43.06 degrees North latitude and 51.92 degrees West latitude , near Mons Rümker in Procellarum, Oceania. December 1, 2020, near the northwest of the moon. The spacecraft collected 3.82 pounds. (1.73 kg) of lunar sample materials, and these samples will be sent to Earth on December 12. 16.
There is a set of 7 topographic features near this landing site, which are now named as well. These include the peaks of Huafeng and Hengfeng, as well as the Pei Xiu, Shen Kuo, Liu Hui, Song Yingxing, and Xu Guangqi craters.
Mons Hua and Mons Heng are named after the Chinese mountains, mons is the Latin word for mountains. These craters are named after many Chinese astronomers, scientists, and mathematicians in the last 1800 years.
All these features are marked on the map of planetary nomenclature.
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At the same time, on Earth, samples of Chang’e 5 are ready for analysis. Some samples have been provided to Chinese institutions for borrowing, and international applications should also be considered.
The Chang’e 5 orbiter that helped transport the samples is now undergoing testing and returning creepy images from a point in space called the Sun-Earth Lagrangian point 1.