Monday, May 19, 2014

China launches manned lunar orbiter

On 25th October 2007, China's first lunar probe, Chang'e One, blasted off on its mission from the launch center in Sichuan province.

Named after China's Moon goddess,  Chang'e One is a manned spacecraft, carrying two astronauts. It is scheduled to move into lunar orbit on 5th November 2007 and will be in the position for one year, sending back three-dimensional pictures of the Moon. Using sophisticated stereo cameras and x-ray spectrometers, it will also analyse dust on the lunar surface. This the first phase in China's ambitious plan to put an unmanned  rover on the Moon in 2012 and a man on the Moon before 2020.    

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