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Astronomy from the Moon: ILOA Acquires Exclusive Images from Chang’E-3 Lunar Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope

Chang'e-3 on the Moon. Credits: CNSA

[ILOA Press Release - 19.03.2014]
The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) is receiving exclusive images from key partners at NAOC in Beijing, comprising data from the Lunar Ultraviolet Telescope aboard Chang'e-3 operating on the surface of the Moon.

ILOA To Use Chang'e-3 Moon Lander Telescope For Galaxy Imaging

Chang'e-3 / Yutu Moon rover. Credits: CNSA

[ILOA Press Release 07.09.2013]

Helping China to the Moon

Chang'e-3 / Yutu Moon rover. Credits: CNSA

[ESA Press Release - 29.11.2013]
Shortly after China’s Chang’e-3 spacecraft departs Earth to land on the Moon, ESA’s network of tracking stations will swing into action, providing crucial support for the vessel’s five-day lunar cruise.

Chinese Scientists Details Plans for Moon Landing, Mars Exploration

A lunar rover proposal from the Shanghai Spaceflight Agency and others. Credits: China Daily

[CAS Press Release - 11.10.2012]
A senior scientist from China's lunar exploration program Wednesday revealed more details about the Chang'e-3 satellite, which will be launched in 2013, and China's plans to explore Mars.

Chang'e-1 crashes into Moon

Chang'e-1 in orbit around the Moon. Credits: CNSA

Chinese and international media reported today that the Chinese Moon probe Chang'e-1 has ended its mission by a controlled crash with the surface of the Moon on the end of its 16 months lifetime.

Not much information has been released to the public about this mission after it was launched October 2007 but a few images has been released, most notably two and three dimensional lunar surface maps, and resource maps.

China publishes first moon picture

First image of the Moon from Chang'e-1

[Xinhuanet Press Release - 26.11.2007]
China published the first picture of the moon captured by Chang'e-1 on Monday morning, marking the success of the country's first lunar probe project.

The area covered by the picture, about 460 kilometers in length and 280 km in width, was located within a 54 to 70 degrees south latitude and 57 to 83 degrees east longitude, according to the BACC. The area pictured was part of the moon's highland and was mainly composed of plagioclase, a common rock-forming element. On the surface were craters of different sizes, shapes, structures and ages, the BACC sources said.

China's first lunar probe enters moon orbit

Chang'e-1 in orbit around the Moon. Credits: CNSA

[Xinhua Press Release - 05.11.2007]
China's first lunar probe, Chang'e-1, successfully completed its first braking at perilune and entered the moon's orbit Monday morning, becoming China's first circumlunar satellite.

Chang'e-1, following the instructions of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC), started braking at 11:15 a.m. at a position around 300 km away from the moon and entered the moon's orbit at around 11:37 a.m. after completing the braking, according to the BACC.

Chang'e-1 launched!

Chang'e-1 in orbit around the Moon. Credits: CNSA

The Chinese Chang'e-1 lunar probe was successfully launched on a Long March 3A from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China's Sichuan Province on 5:05 a.m. October 24th (CST). It is named after the Chinese goddes of the Moon and is the first Chinese Lunar mission.

Chang'e-1 weighed 2350 kg on launch, of which approximately half was fuel. The payload suite weighs around 130 kg. Change'e-1 carries a scientific payload which will perform a wide variety of experiments from its orbit around the Moon. Within the mission duration of one year, Chang'e-1 will create a 3D model of the moon surface and determine the contents and distribution of a number of chemical elements on the lunar surface, among other things. It carries 7 instruments alltogether.

Chang'e 1 launch between October 22 and 25, Chinese lunar sample-return in 2013

Chang'e-1 in orbit around the Moon. Credits: CNSA

Recently a lot of information on the upcoming launch of Chang'e-1 has become available. According to, Chang'e-1 will be launched between October 22 and 25. According to, the launch will take place at 18:05 CST, October 24th.

Also, Sun Laiyan, the director of the National Space Administration, released some detailed information from the 11th Five-Year Plan Period (2006-2010), about the future Chinese space exploration roadmap.

Engineers unveil China moon rover

A lunar rover proposal from the Shanghai Spaceflight Agency and others. Credits: China Daily

BBC reports that Chinese scientists have shown off a prototype Moon rover that could lead to the country's first unmanned mission to the lunar surface in 2012. The 1.5m (5ft) high, 200kg (440lbs) rover should transmit video in real time, dig into and analyse soil, and produce 3D images of the lunar surface.

Engineers have unveiled a prototype at the Shanghai institute where work on the six-wheeled vehicle is underway. Rival rovers are being developed at institutes in Beijing and elsewhere. It is not clear when the successful candidate will be selected.

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