The service module of the Chinese lunar mission “Chang’e-5” again flies to the moon: it was noticed by radio amateurs.
Chang’e-5 is one of the two automatic stations on the PRC’s lunar program. On November 23, 2020, the device was launched, on December 1, it successfully landed and began collecting samples from the lunar surface.
The module was extended indefinitely, so it was first sent to the first Lagrange point in the Sun-Earth system, in orbit around which it had been since mid-March of this year. But at the end of August, radio amateurs noticed that the module left its orbit and again flew to the moon.
But the Beijing Aerospace Operations Center, which is responsible for communications with the Chang’e-5, has not yet confirmed this information. It is also unknown where the device will fly next. Depending on the amount of fuel, the device can enter a circumlunar orbit, go to other Lagrange points in the Sun – Earth or Earth – Moon systems, or fly towards the asteroid (469219) Kamoalev.
The module should go around the moon on September 9th.