Chinese engineers are evaluating data from a controlled impact of the Moon by the Chang’e-1 orbiter Mar. 1 to help their planning for a soft landing there in 2012. Chinese news agency Xinhua reports the 2,350-kg. (5,180-lb.) orbiter crashed just south of the lunar equator at 52.36 deg. E. Long., 16 months after its launch on a Long March 3A rocket. The probe’s mission lasted four months longer than its announced nominal duration, and ended when controllers at the Qingdao and Kashi centers ...

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