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Chang'e 1 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: The Chang'e 1 orbiter is the first of a planned series of Chinese missions to the Moon. The primary technical objectives of the mission are to develop and launch China's first lunar orbiter, validate the technology necessary to fly lunar missions, build a basic engineering system for lunar exploration, start scientific exploration of the Moon, and gain experience for subsequent missions.

Accomplishments: Chang'e 1 arrived in lunar orbit as planned and returned images of the lunar surface. The technology test was successful and opened the door to future Chinese Moon missions.


Key Dates
24 Oct 2007:  Launch
5 Nov 2007:  Lunar Orbit Insertion
Status: Successful
Fast Facts
Chang'e 1 Facts Chang'e comes from a Chinese legend about a young goddess (right) who flies to the Moon.

Chang'e 1 is the first mission in China's robotic Moon exploration program.

The spacecraft sent back China's first close-up image of the lunar surface.

The Chang'e program is named for a Chinese legend about a young fairy who flies to the Moon.
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