China's 3rd lunar will carry lunar rover in 2013

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According to plan, "Chang'e-3" will be launched to the moon in 2013. The biggest feature of "Chang'e-3" is that it will carry a moon vehicle to conduct lunar surface exploration, Yan Zhongwen of the China Academy of Space Technology told Guangzhou Daily on Nov. 17.

Yan Zhongwen said that as China's third unmanned moon probe, Chang'e-3 will be equipped with more special features. It will carry the lander and moon rover. The moon rover will come down from the lander and walk on the lunar surface, self-navigate, select its route, find the right detection point and send data back.

China's lunar exploration project consists of three phases. The third phase of Chang'e project, which is on display at the ongoing air show in Zhuhai, includes four parts: the lander, riser, orbiter and return vehicle.

By Yan Meng, People's Daily Online


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