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By Alexander Toldt
19:32, March 2nd 2009 1 vote
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China deliberately crashed a lunar probe into the moon on Sunday. The move was made with the purpose of obtaining lunar landing experience as the country is preparing to launch a rover vehicle by 2012.
The lunar probe - Chang'e I (named after a Chinese moon goddess) - was intentionally crashed after a 16-month journey that was the first step of China’s moon mission that will reach its main goal when the rover vehicle is placed on the moon in about three years from now. China plans to launch a second rover in 2017 to gather geological samples and take them back to Earth.
Chang'e I was launched into space in 2007 and spent 494 days out there before crashing. During that time it took stereo radar images of the moon’s surface.
The lunar satellite circled the Earth three times, then headed towards the moon and circled it twice before crashing into it. The images released by the Chinese government show that the lunar probe reduced speed about 45 minutes before the crash and breaking apart when it hit the ground.
The crash occurred at 4:13 p.m. Beijing time, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense told the People’s Daily Online.
China became very ambitious and active in space. Last year it became the third nation on Earth to send a man into space. Despite the fact that it happened 35 years after the U.S.A. and Russia (U.S.S.R. back then) did it, it is still impressive. Now Beijing plans to send the first rover vehicle on the moon in 2012, another one in 2017 to collect geological samples for analysis, and a third possible manned rover by 2020.
China also plans to build its own space station. But first, China said it will send another module in space. Tiangong-I will be launched in space next year.