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China launches Chang'e-4 lunar lander mission
Posted: Sun, Dec 16, 2018, 12:33 PM ET (1733 GMT)
Long March 3B launch of Change-4 (CASC) China launched its latest mission to the moon December 7. The Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chang'e-4 spacecraft lifted off at 1:23 pm EST Friday (1828 GMT Friday, 2:23 am Beijing time December 8) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, placing the spacecraft on a trajectory to the moon. The spacecraft will enter orbit around the moon with a landing on the far side of the moon expected to take place in early January. If successful, it will be China's second lunar lander and the first mission by any country to land on the lunar farside.
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