China’s Lunar Probe Ends Mission (With Video and Slideshow)

Reuters reports on the planned crash of the lunar probe Chang’e-1:

China’s lunar probe has ended its 16-month life with a planned crash into the moon, the official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.

Named for a moon goddess, the Chang’e-1 rammed into the lunar surface in the mid-afternoon Beijing time, after orbiting the moon thousands of times to map its surface.

The probe was the first step in plans to land a vehicle on the moon in 2012. Before the moon-lander, China will send Chang’e-2 satellite to fulfill another mission.

Report from CCTV9:

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