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Chang'e 3 launch highlights and lander separation (video)

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Chang'e 3 launch highlights and lander separation (video)
Chang'e 3 launched toward the Moon on December 1, 2013. Less than an hour after launch, the Chang'e 3 lander separated from its third stage and departed for the Moon, with the crescent Earth as a backdrop. A few seconds in to the video, a sun glint off the spacecraft produces a blinding flare to the camera. Afterward, the third stage was deliberately rolled to capture Earth in its camera field of view.

Original image data dated on or about December 1, 2013

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