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China successfully soft-lands probe on the moon - The Galveston County Daily News: Space

September 27, 2016

China successfully soft-lands probe on the moon

Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2013 6:04 pm

BEIJING — China on Saturday successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon.

The unmanned Chang'e 3 lander, named after a mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, touched down on Earth's nearest neighbor following a 12-minute landing process.

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