China launches Chang'e 3 moon probe

News   •   Dec 02, 2013 07:28 GMT

Almost 20 minutes after liftoff, the Chang'e 3 probe separated from the Long March rocket and ignited its main engine, sending it into an Earth-Moon transfer trajectory. 

Chang’e 3 is a lunar exploration mission which includes a lander and a 120kg solar-powered robotic lunar rover, known as Yutu, or "Jade Rabbit". Chang’e 3 will attempt China's first soft landing of the moon, and the first by any country since the 1970s.​ The landing is scheduled for mid-December.

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