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China Reveals Details of its Chang’e-5 Probe

The space agency is also working to carry out its first-ever Mars exploration mission around 2020

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China’s Chang’e-5 probe, to be launched by 2019-end, will undergo multiple flight phases before the mission is completed, the media reported.

China National Space Administration (CNSA) plans to launch the mission with the goal of collecting samples from the near side of the Moon. They would be the first samples to be retrieved since 1976, Xinhua news agency reported.

The probe will enter the Earth-Moon transfer orbit. It will slow near the Moon to enter the lunar orbit and descend and land on a pre-selected area for ground research work, including collecting lunar samples, Peng Jing, deputy chief designer from the China Academy of Space Technology said.

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 fly back to Earth via the Earth-Moon transfer orbit, re-enter the atmosphere and land at the Siziwang Banner (County) of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Peng said.

The lunar samples taken back by the probe would be sealed in a container and sent to labs for further analysis and research, he added.

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The probe can be divided into 15 sub-systems, including structure, thermal control, antenna, sample collecting and sealing and propulsion. It is composed of an orbiter, a returner, a lander and an ascender, the report said.

Named after Chinese moon goddess “Chang’e”, China’s lunar exploration programme, which began in 2004, includes orbiting and landing on the moon and bringing samples back to Earth.

The programme has achieved five continuous successes, said CNSA, referring to Chang’e-1, Chang’e-2, Chang’e-3, a test craft for Chang’e-5 and the recent Chang’e-4, which realised the first-ever soft-landing on the far side of the Moon.

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The Chang’e-5 probe will be launched from Wenchang Space Launch Centre in Hainan Province.

The space agency is also working to carry out its first-ever Mars exploration mission around 2020.

These plans underscore China’s ambitions in space at a time when the US is curtailing NASA’s budget and increasingly handing over space exploration to commercial adventurers. (IANS)

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OPPO to Launch ‘Oppo Reno Ace’ in China on October 10

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo on Monday confirmed that its next flagship product, 'OPPO Reno Ace', would be launched in China on October 10

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo on Monday confirmed that its next flagship product, ‘OPPO Reno Ace’, would be launched in China on October 10.

According to a recent Weibo post by the manufacturer, the device will have 65W fast-charging capabilities and it would be first smartphone to feature the world’s fastest fast charging technology, news portal GSMArena reported.

The device is also rumored to sports a 6.6inch FHD+ curved edge display with thin bezels with 90 Hz refresh rate, up to 100 per cent screen space and one can expect a pop-up or an under-screen camera selfie shooter.

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The handset, OPPO RENO 10X features a 6.6-inch notchless AMOLED display with rounded edges. IANS

The device will be powered by Snapdragon 855+ chipset, 12GB RAM, 256GB onboard storage, a 4,000mAh battery and it supports 5G connectivity.

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Other details about the smartphone’s specifications are currently under the wraps.

Meanwhile, Oppo launched its Oppo Reno2 series of smartphones in August which consists of Oppo Reno2, the Reno2 F and the Reno2 Z handsets. (IANS)