Chinese engineers are evaluating data from a controlled impact of the moon by the Chang’e-1 orbiter March 1 to help their planning for a soft landing there in 2012. The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported the 2,350-kilogram (5,180-pound) orbiter crashed just south of the lunar equator at 52.36 degrees East Longitude, 16 months after its launch on a Long March 3A rocket. The probe’s mission lasted four months longer than its initially planned duration, and ended when controllers at ...
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