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Chang'e-3 enters orbit closer to moon

12-12-2013 05:24 BJT Special Report: Chang’e-3 Lunar Probe |

The lunar probe Chang'e-3 moved a step closer to the moon on Tuesday night. The craft descended from a 100 kilometer-high lunar orbit to an elliptical orbit with its nearest point, just 15 kilometers from the moon’s surface.

 China's lunar probe Chang'e-3 entered an orbit closer to the moon on Dec. 10, 2013. (Xinhua)

According to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, the transition took place above the dark side of the moon at 9.20 p.m, Beijing time. The transition took around four minutes. In the new orbit, Chang’e-3 will prepare for a soft-landing on the moon’s surface.

The probe, which is carrying the moon rover "Yutu", was launched on December the 2nd. China’s first soft-landing on the moon is set to take place in the coming days.

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