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Chang'e 3 proceeding toward December 1 launch

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

28-08-2013 11:02 CDT

Topics: mission status, Chang'E program

News agencies are reporting that China's soft lunar lander and rover, Chang'e 3, has passed its final critical reviews and is now proceeding toward launch. Here are three reports (one in English, two in Chinese):

The Xinhua story mentions Chang'e 4 as a backup to Chang'e 3, but no launch date is mentioned for the follow-on mission. NASASpaceflight.com user Galactic Penguin shared a link to a conference presentation on Chinese solar system exploration, which contains a launch date for Chang'e 3:

Liu Qinghui, a researcher working at the Shanghai Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (which includes their 65-meter radio telescope), said in the presentation above that Chang'E-3 is scheduled to launch at about 1 am local time on December 2 (~17:00 UTC on December 1).

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Comments:

Fred Thurber: 08/28/2013 08:29 CDT

Will the launch be televised?

Emily Lakdawalla: 09/04/2013 03:43 CDT

I don't have any idea. I'd keep watching nasaspaceflight.com -- that's the first place I notice news about Chinese space exploration.

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