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China launches lunar probe and rover to moon

12-02-2013 01:49 BJT Special Report: Chang’e-3 Lunar Probe |

XICHANG, Sichuan, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- China launched the Chang'e-3 lunar probe with its first moon rover aboard early on Monday.

China launched the Chang'e-3 lunar probe with its first moon rover aboard early on Monday.

The lunar probe, aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket, blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China at 1:30 a.m. Monday.

It is the first time for China to send a spacecraft to soft land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body.

Also, it is the first moon lander launched in the 21st century.

So far, only the United States and the former Soviet Union have soft-landed on the moon.

Chang'e-3 comprises a lander and a moon rover called "Yutu" (Jade Rabbit). The lunar probe will land on the moon in mid-December if everything goes according to plan.

Tasks for Yutu include surveying the moon's geological structure and surface substances, while looking for natural resources.

China launched the Chang'e-3 lunar probe with its first moon rover aboard early on Monday.

China launched the Chang'e-3 lunar probe with its first
moon rover aboard early on Monday.

 

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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