Chang'e-1 images moon's dark side
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Special report: China launches first lunar orbiter

  BEIJING, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The charge-coupled device (CCD) camera on Chang'e-1, China's first lunar orbiter, has started imaging probes on the dark side of the moon and captured photos of parts of this region, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced Tuesday.

This undated photo released on Dec. 11, 2007 shows the photo of a ray crater on the moon issued by the China National Space Administration (CNSA). The charge-coupled device 
      (CCD) camera 
    on Chang'e-1, China's first lunar orbiter, has started imaging probes on the dark side of the moon and captured photos of parts of this region, CNSA announced Tuesday.

This undated photo shows a ray crater on the moon issued by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Dec. 11, 2007. The charge-coupled device (CCD) camera on Chang'e-1, China's first lunar orbiter, has started imaging probes on the dark side of the moon and captured photos of parts of this region, CNSA announced Tuesday.  (Xinhua Photo)
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    The CNSA said that the orbiter is operating normally in terms of flying, probing, land control and communication, as well as data transmitting and processing.

    The CNSA released the first picture of the moon captured by Chang'e-1 on Nov. 26, marking the full success of the lunar probe project.

    Chang'e-1, named after a mythical Chinese goddess who, according to legend, flew to the moon, blasted off on a Long March 3A carrier rocket at 6:05 p.m. on Oct. 24 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern Sichuan Province.

This undated combo photo released on Dec. 11, 2007 shows the photo and data of the crater named after Chinese stargazer Wan Hu, who is said to be the 
      first astronaut 
    in human history, on the moon issued by the China National Space Administration (CNSA). The charge-coupled device (CCD) camera on Chang'e-1, China's first lunar orbiter, has started imaging probes on the dark side of the moon and captured photos of parts of this region, CNSA announced Tuesday.

This undated combo photo released on Dec. 11, 2007 shows the photo and data of the crater named after Chinese stargazer Wan Hu, who is said to be the first astronaut in human history, on the moon issued by the China National Space Administration (CNSA). The charge-coupled device (CCD) camera on Chang'e-1, China's first lunar orbiter, has started imaging probes on the dark side of the moon and captured photos of parts of this region, CNSA announced Tuesday.  (Xinhua Photo)
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    The 2,350-kg satellite carries eight probing facilities with a range of instruments. These include a three-dimensional camera and an interferometer (a set of two or more telescopes that combine their signals to improve resolution), an imager and gamma/x-ray spectrometer, a laser altimeter, a microwave detector, a high-energy solar particle detector and a low-energy ion detector.

    The mission has four objectives: a three-dimensional survey of the lunar surface; an analysis of the abundance and distribution of elements on the lunar surface; an investigation of the characteristics of lunar regolith (loose, fragmented surface material) and the powdery soil layer on the surface, and an exploration of the conditions between Earth and the moon.

China publishes first moon picture taken by chang'e-1. (Xinhua Photo)
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    BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- China published the first picture of the moon captured by Chang'e-1 on Monday morning, marking the success of the country's first lunar probe project.

    The framed black-and-white photo was unveiled by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center. The image showed a rough moon surface with scattered round craters both big and small. Full story

Chang'e-1 opens facilities for data transmission

    BEIJING, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- China's first lunar orbiter Chang'e-1, which is now circling the moon at a stable altitude of 200 km, has opened its facilities to transmit data back to earth, a spokesman for the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said Tuesday.

    The facilities will be tested over the next few days which will help ensure smooth operation of the probe and reliable data transmission, spokesman Pei Zhaoyu said. Full story

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