TECH International Astronomical Union approves 8 Chinese names to identify areas on moon


International Astronomical Union approves 8 Chinese names to identify areas on moon

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14:57, May 29, 2021

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has approved eight Chinese names for features around the area on the moon where China's Chang'e-5 lunar probe landed, increasing the number of lunar features with Chinese names to 35, China Space News reported.

Chinese names for moon features are approved by IAU. (Photos from China Central Television)

The landing site has been named Statio Tianchuan, which means "ship traveling in the Milky Way."

Two mountains near the landing site are named Mons Hua, after Mount Huashan in Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, and Mons Heng, after Hengshan Mountain in Central China's Hunan Province.

Five craters nearby are named after the following historical figures. Pei Xiu was a geographer during the Western Jin Dynasty (265-316). Shen Kuo was an astronomer during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Liu Hui was a mathematician during the Three Kingdoms period (220-280). Song Yingxing was a scientist during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), whose Tiangong Kaiwu, or Exploitation of the Works of Nature, is acclaimed as the encyclopedia on Chinese techniques in the seventeenth century. Xu Guangqi was an agronomist, astronomer and mathematician of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Chang'e-5 probe collects samples from the lunar surface.

China launched the Chang'e-5 lunar probe, carried by a Long March 5 heavy-lift carrier rocket, into a fixed orbit on Nov 24, 2020. On Dec 1, 2020, the Chang'e-5 lunar probe successfully landed on the near side of the moon. On Dec 17, 2020, the Chang'e-5 lunar probe returned to Earth with lunar samples.

(Compiled by Jia Qingqian)

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