lunar probe

lunar probe

[′lü·nər ′prōb]
(aerospace engineering)
Any space probe launched for flight missions to the moon.
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Summary: Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Aug 14 (ANI): Chandrayaan-2 headed onwards on its path to the moon after the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) early Wednesday successfully carried out a crucial process to manoeuvre India's second lunar probe out of the earth's orbit.
Globally, Chandrayaan-2 will be the year's third bid at a moon landing, following China's successful launch of a lunar probe and the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft, which failed and crashed on the moon in April.
It follows Chandrayan-1, India's first lunar probe, which was launched in 2008.
This would be the third attempted moon landing this year after China's successful Chang'e-4 lunar probe and Israeli spacecraft Beresheet, which failed and crashed on to the moon in April.
Zhang said they will launch a lunar probe, Chang'e-5, to collect and return lunar samples by the end of this year.
By the way, only last week, a Chinese lunar probe landed on the far side of the moon, a first that speaks loudly about China's space ambitions.
The unprecedented plan to create life in outer space is the most intriguing part of China's lunar probe mission later this year, and could be a major boost for dreams that humans will one day live on the Moon.
The Chang'e-4 lunar probe mission launched in December from the Xichang launch centre.
The Chang'e-4 lunar probe mission and named after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology and launched in December from the southwestern Xichang launch centre.
Chinese state television said the Chang'e-4 lunar probe, launched in December, made the "soft landing" at 0226 GMT and transmitted the first-ever "close range" image of the dark side of the moon.
We successfully launched the Chang'e-4 lunar probe; our second aircraft carrier set sail on its maiden voyage; our domestically-made large amphibious aircraft completed its first water take-off and landing; and the BeiDou Satellite Navigation System has started to provide global service.
In science news, the largest machine in the world, the Large Hadron Collider, is inaugurated in a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, and India puts Chandrayaan-1, its first ever lunar probe, into space.