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Yesterday, China successfully launched their first Moon probe, the Chang'e One lunar orbiter, aboard a Long March 3A booster rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the Sichuan province of southwest China. Here it is in various stages of preparation and launch:


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The probe is planned to orbit the moon for at least one year, mapping and studying its surface for a future Moon rover-return mission planned for launch in 2012. Chang'e One uses advanced cameras and x-ray spectrometers to and analyze the Moon's surface and make 3-D images. Here's Chang'e One in orbit around the Moon:

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Chang'e One is named for a Chinese goddess who flew to the Moon. Here she is:

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Here's the planned rover:

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All of this is preparation for China's manned lunar landing in 15 years.

Best,
Chris

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mckitterick
Oct. 25th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
Heh. Like this:


Or this:


*g*
Chris
clevermanka
Oct. 25th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
a Starbucks at the Sea of Tranquility

Not if it's colonized by China.
mckitterick
Oct. 25th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
Wow, interesting.
clevermanka
Oct. 25th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Not a terribly intelligent goddess, Ms. Chang'e. And boo to that website for putting what I believe to be a statue of Kwan Yin in Chang'e's description.
mckitterick
Oct. 25th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
I see what you mean. Odd, that.
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