China successfully launches its lunar probe

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China successfully launches its lunar probe. The launch of China’s lunar probe Chang’e-3 was “successful”, the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre announced Monday.

China successfully launches its lunar probe

Zhang Zhenzhong, director of the centre, made the announcement after the lunar probe entered the earth-moon transfer orbit and unfolded its solar panels, Xinhua reported.

Chang’e-3 lunar probe, aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket, blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest China at 1:30 a.m. Monday.

It is expected to soft-land on the moon in mid-December.

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