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China’s first mission to moon and back 24.10.14

Rocket carrying spacecraft launched on Friday

China launched its first unmanned space mission aimed at travelling to the moon and back on the 24th October 2014 in its latest step to eventually land a Chinese citizen on the moon. The spacecraft took off from Xichang space base in China’s Sichuan province.

The probe will travel to the moon and fly around it before heading back to Earth, re-entering the atmosphere and landing.

The purpose of this mission is to test the technology which will eventually be used in the Chang’e-5, China’s fourth lunar probe which is intended to be used to collect samples from the moon’s surface.

China currently has a rover on the moon’s surface, dubbed Jade Rabbit.

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