report: China launches first lunar
XICHANG, Sichuan, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Chang'e-1
moon orbiter has entered into a 16-hour orbit at 205 km perigee and
50,930 km apogee, statistics from the Beijing Aerospace Control Center
The 2,300-kg satellite will experience four
accelerations and is expected to enter earth-moon transfer orbit on Oct. 31 and
arrive in the moon's orbit on Nov. 5.
The circumlunar satellite blasted off on a Long March
3A carrier rocket at 6:05 p.m. from the No. 3 launching tower in the Xichang
Satellite Launch Center in southwestern Sichuan Province.