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Chang'e-3 lunar probe to land on the moon  

嫦娥三号今受"落月"考验 中国首次地外天体软着陆

2013-12-14 11:38 Ecns.cn Web Editor: Wang Fan

(ECNS) -- China's Chang'e-3 lunar probe, which is carrying moon rover "Yutu", is due to land on the moon today.  [Special coverage]

The unmanned spacecraft is scheduled to touch down on a lava plain named Sinus Iridum, or Bay of Rainbows, around 9:40 pm Saturday (Beijing Time), said the Legal Evening News.

After landing, Chang'e-3 will release the moon rover, and the solar-powered rover will patrol the moon's surface for three months.

If everything goes according to plan, it will be the first time for a Chinese spacecraft to soft-land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body.

Chang'e-3 Moon Probe Launch

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