08 July 2019
Ouyang Ziyuan, first Chief Scientist of China's lunar probe project, said on 05 July at a satellite forum in Rizhao, Shandong province, that Chinese scientists have made technological breakthroughs in the 12 phases of the Chang'e 5 mission. The technological breakthroughs cover launching, earth-moon transfers, final braking, orbiting, descending, sampling, ascending, docking, orbiting, moon-earth transfers, separating, and reentry and recovery. Artificial intelligence technologies will make the Chang'e 5 lunar probe smart enough in soft landings, collecting samples, ascending and docking at the lunar orbit, and returning to the Earth, according to its Chief Scientist.
The Chang’e 5 lunar probe is expected to be launched into space at the end of 2019.