Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty
Blogs

Headshot of Emily Lakdawalla

The Chang'e 1 mission is over

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

01-03-2009 14:26 CST

Topics:

According to this item from the Xinhua news agency, the first Chinese lunar orbiter, Chang'e 1, was intentionally de-orbited and crashed into the Moon today, at 08:13 UTC March 1, 2009. They gave its impact location as 1.5 degrees south, 52.36 degrees east, which Phil Stooke says is within Mare Fecunditatis and 120 kilometers west of the landing site of the 1970 Russian sample return mission Luna 16.

Thanks to Geert for the tip.

That leaves three craft still orbiting the Moon: Chandrayaan-1, Kaguya, and one of the two Kaguya mini-satellites, Ouna, the other mini-satellite having crashed on February 12.

Chang'e 1

CAST

Chang'e 1

 
See other posts from March 2009

 

Or read more blog entries about:

Comments:

Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.
Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

Blog Search

Advocacy

Advocate for Space!

Fifteen years ago, Society members and passionate space advocates like you helped save the Pluto mission. Now we can do the same for missions to Europa and Mars.

Join over 26,400 people who have completed their petition and consider a donation to support advocacy efforts.

Sign Our Petition

Featured Images

Chang'e 5 T1 image of a potential landing site for Chang'e 5
Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper (LunaH-Map)
Soyuz TMA-18M liftoff
Soyuz TMA-18M launch crew
More Images

Featured Video

Bill Nye & Neil DeGrasse Tyson on a Roof

Watch Now

Selfies to Space!

Take flight with a selfie on LightSail™ in 2016!

Send a Selfie Now

Join the New Millennium Committee

Let’s invent the future together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook! Twitter! Google+ and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!