Sunday, March 1, 2009

China's Lunar Probe Lands on Moon

China's lunar mission aiming to send 'robotic explorers' before 2020, landed its first satellite on Moon, as the Communist nation braces to compete in space technology with countries like US, Russia and India. the Lunar probe makes its impact on the Moon today.It represents the first step in the Chinese ambition to land robotic explorers on the moon before 2020.

The satellite ended its 16-month mission when it hit the lunar surface at 1.50 degrees south latitude and 52.36 degrees east longitude. The probe named as Chang'e-1 began to reduce its speed under remote control by two observation and control stations in east China's Qingdao and northwest China's Kashi.

This was the first phase of China's three-stage moon mission, which will lead to a landing and launch of a rover vehicle around 2012, the official Xinhua news agency reported.Chang'e-1 was launched into space on October 24, 2007 and sent the first full map of the moon's surface back to China one month later.A dozen performance tests were carried out while Chang'e-1 was in orbit to find out its orbit adjustment capability. "Chang'e" is named after a legendary Chinese moon goddess.


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yiqin; said...

Wow. I wish I can travel in space!! Haha

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