Chinese spacecraft lands on the moon

Posted on: 11:46 am, December 14, 2013, by and

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CHINA – Chinese state media reported today that China successfully carried out a soft landing of a space probe on the moon.

Saturday’s successful mission is the latest stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon.

The probe touched down on the moon following a 12 minute landing process.

State-run China central television showed a computer-generated image of the probe’s path as it approached the surface of the moon.

As it was just hundreds of feet away, the probe’s camera began broadcasting images of the moon’s surface.

The probe also carries a moon rover.

After landing, the rover was slated to separate from the probe eight hours later and embark on a three-month scientific exploration.