China's lunar probing satellite, "Chang'e I," is expected to be launched before the end of this year, according to the deputy director of the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, Sun Laiyan, during an online chat with readers.
Sun said the satellite, dubbed "Sister Chang'e" by Internet surfers, entered the launching area for a series of preparations. It will be launched before the year's end - if everything goes smoothly - to realize the Chinese nation's thousand-year-old dream of “flying to the moon."
The satellite, according to Sun, will be mainly used for scientific exploration, including 3-D photography on the lunar surface; analysis on the thickness and elements of the lunar earth; and investigating into the 380,000km environment between the earth and the moon.
By People's Daily Online