China's First Satellite Crash Lands on Moon

oldfett - March 2, 2009 09:53AM in General News

China’s first satellite, Chang’e I crash landed into the moon Sunday at 4:13 PM in Beijing. This successfully completed a 16 month long mission; yes you heard right the crash landing was planned. Change’e I, named after the Chinese moon goddess, was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center also known as Base 27 which is a little over 50km outside the city of Xichange in China. The satellite was launched with a Long March 3-A carrier rocket on October 24, 2007 and spent 494 days in space collecting data. This mission was essentially a test run for future rover landing missions to take place in 2009 and 2012. China is also planning a manned lunar exploration mission on or before 2020.