Space Probe Carrying China’s First Moon Rover Launched Successfully
China has launched its Chang’e 3 lunar probe along with the first moon rover on board yesterday marking a step towards deep space exploration. The probe carrier is an enhanced Long March 3B rocket was launched at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 1:30 am the moon probe is expected to land on the moon mid December and will be china’s first spacecraft to do a soft landing on the surface of any extraterrestrial body and the first moon lander that the country will be launching for the 21st century.
The probe enters the earth moon transfer orbit and started to unfold its solar panels with a perigee of 200 kilometers and apogee of 380,000 kilometers. Everything is going according to schedule as the probe enters the designated orbit marking it a successful launch. This marks another step in the country’s strived and part of the nation’s rejuvenation in realizing their space dream.
The soft landing of the moon probe is considered as the most difficult task during the space mission and if successful its will be the breakthrough in the country’s realization of obtaining a zero distance observation and survey of the moon. The technology and products used in the mission is newly developed for the probe.
Chang’e 3 will be laying the foundation in the manned lunar orbit mission and manned lunar landings that is being planned. So far the country has not revealed a roadmap on when they will launch a manned space mission to the moon.