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China makes major breakthrough in Chang’e-3 mission

(People's Daily Overseas Edition)

14:27, December 31, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Some key experiments for the Chang’e-3 mission, part of the second phase of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, have recently been completed.

The experiments include obstacle avoidance and soft landing, as well as field and laboratory experiments on the mission’s lunar rover.

Certain technical solutions have proved effective, marking a major breakthrough in the mission, according to China’s 2012 Conference on Defense Science and Technology, which kicked off on Dec. 29.

The second phase of the country’s lunar exploration program consists of the Chang’e-2, Chang’e-3, and Chang’e-4 missions, and its main goals include a soft landing on the moon and exploration of the lunar surface.

The Chang’e-3 mission is a critical mission as it will witness breakthroughs in key technologies used in the soft lunar landing, lunar surface exploration and experiments, deep space communications and remote control, and the sending of a launch vehicle directly into the earth-moon transfer orbit, and will mark China’s first direct exploration of an extraterrestrial object.

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