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Artist rendering of probe going towards moon  (Source:
The first part of an ambitious moon mission has been completed, Chinese officials announced

The first Chinese lunar probe, Chang'e 1, successfully completed its mission when it impacted the moon's surface, Chinese media reports said.

"We set four major goals for this orbiting program," China Lunar Exploration Project scientist Ouyang Zhiyuan said.  "Through all of our scientists' work, I think these goals were completed well.  Some of the tasks were more than fulfilled."

After a successful launch in October 2007, Chinese space officials had the unmanned probe orbit the moon during the first part of its 16-month mission.  Information that has been transmitted from the probe to researchers on Earth will be opened up to the public, according to researchers, as more than 100 researchers from 70 universities and 30 research institutes have been selected to help study the data.

The Chinese space program has had a number of successes over the years, with the government devoting a large number of resources and engineers to the project.   In 2003, China launched its own manned mission, following in the footsteps of Russia and the United States.  In 2008, China also had its first space walk, with Chinese government officials aiming to create its own space station and launch a manned mission to the moon.

With the first stage of its lunar mission completed, China hopes to launch the Chang'e-2 mission with a soft landing on the moon's surface.

The country now looks to launch the Tiangong-1 space module next year, and then have a manned shuttle dock with the orbiting research laboratory.  Although it has shown interest in working alongside the United States, Japan, Russia, European Space Agency (ESA), and other partners on the International Space Station (ISS), China has not been allowed to assist in the ISS's development.

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I see how it is..
By sciwizam on 3/3/2009 1:14:31 AM , Rating: 5
So when Chinese probe hits the moon, it's a successful mission, but when the Indian probe does it's called "slammed into the moon at 31000 km/hr" and ridiculed.

RE: I see how it is..
By sciwizam on 3/3/2009 1:16:35 AM , Rating: 2
RE: I see how it is..
By Spinne on 3/3/2009 10:01:45 AM , Rating: 4
Its a different DailyTech writer - this one seems to like reporting a lot more than the other guy who was more of a sensationalist.

RE: I see how it is..
By TSS on 3/4/2009 1:03:25 PM , Rating: 2
check behind the name.

it's the only name without (blog) behind it.

RE: I see how it is..
By rohith10 on 3/3/2009 8:00:28 PM , Rating: 4
My thoughts exactly.

Notwithstanding the fact that the ISRO had planned for such a launch from day zero; Notwithstanding that the hard launch of the Moon Impact Probe was essential for the release of subsurface debris, which could be analysed by the orbiter; Notwithstanding the fact that almost every other media outlet described it as a successful mission; DailyTech's Jason Mick, self-described rocket scientist, felt it was an utter failure. And his article was made to look like that too.

that's a big probe
By Bruneauinfo on 3/2/2009 6:59:55 PM , Rating: 5
Artist rendering of probe going towards moon

China launches probe the size of Japan.

RE: that's a big probe
By Cullinaire on 3/2/2009 7:00:40 PM , Rating: 1
I'd make a comment about this wonderful caption...but I won't.

RE: that's a big probe
By rudy on 3/3/2009 9:49:24 AM , Rating: 2
Looks like he made it with M$ paint, even stuck to the original 16 colors. Maybe artist was an overstatement more like they told one of secretaries to whip something up. haha I had a thought though the moon conspiracy theorists in the US would love a picture like this.

RE: that's a big probe
By idconstruct on 3/2/2009 10:50:00 PM , Rating: 3
That's one hell of a shadow..

China rules
By chmilz on 3/2/2009 7:53:05 PM , Rating: 4
part of an ambitious moon mission has been completed, Chinese officials announced

Way to go China! You crashed a rocket into a floating hunk of space rock 1737.4kms wide. Wanna impress me? Build a counterfeit moon and land on THAT.

RE: China rules
By omnicronx on 3/3/2009 8:54:42 AM , Rating: 2
A 1737km wide rock that moves at 3600km/h with a probe that had to hit a precise spot that is most definitely not the entire size of the moon =P.

This only shows how successful the US missions really were.

RE: China rules
By Cr0nJ0b on 3/3/2009 1:58:26 PM , Rating: 2
When we finally get to the moon it will...

Moon Litter Fine...
By mindless1 on 3/3/2009 12:57:56 AM , Rating: 2

RE: Moon Litter Fine...
By maverick85wd on 3/3/2009 7:11:56 AM , Rating: 2
ya, great way to clear up the deficit!

"Fines total: $1 Trillion. Just take it off our tab. Oh wait, hold on a minute"


"I take that back, apparently the President wants more bail-out money. We take cash only."

Nice name
By DigitalFreak on 3/2/2009 7:50:36 PM , Rating: 2
Chang'e 1

Sounds like a rapper.

Transmissions beyond the Moon
By Zorbnet on 3/3/2009 12:09:34 AM , Rating: 2
That unit should be able to communicate with Andromeda (at least before it crashed)

By JonnyDough on 3/3/09, Rating: 0
By axias41 on 3/4/2009 4:22:40 PM , Rating: 2
China didn't need to assist. They simply stolen all the plans, just like the Presidential Helicopter plans (to Iran? be serious, they was to China)

We meant to do that
By grandpope on 3/3/2009 3:29:34 PM , Rating: 2
This sounds like the Chinese are spinning their PR again... "It crashed? Um... Suuure, it's *supposed* to do that!"

Also, why does the artist's rendering have large solar panels on a probe thats supposed to impact the moon? It looks like the whole thing would disentegrate upon impact.

All your moon belong to U.S.
By omgwtf8888 on 3/4/2009 4:22:53 PM , Rating: 2
We got there first, stuck a flag in it, we own it! These late comers are polluting the hell out of it with all their junk rockets. We should have our EPA fine them.. say $2 trillion for lunar pollution. Then maybe we can afford to build a space fence to keep all these illegals off our moon.

Red Moon
By PoohPall on 3/6/2009 4:04:09 AM , Rating: 2
The moon will be "red" eventually. We will just have to deal with it.

By xenos123 on 3/2/2009 8:01:07 PM , Rating: 1
F*CK me thats a big satellite!

By shreddR on 3/2/09, Rating: 0
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