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China's Chang'e-3 probe entered a circular lunar orbit at 5:53 pm Friday Beijing Time, after about 112 hours on a Earth-Moon transfer orbit.
Simulation models of China's first moon rover, "Jade Rabbit," were put on the market Wednesday to commemorate the successful launch of the Chang'e-3 lunar probe.
Fifteen members from China's 30th Antarctic expedition team arrive at China's Zhongshan Station at the South Pole on Dec 3, after a 27-day journey of 13,612 km in the icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, and three days of ice-breaking efforts.
The Chang'e-3 lunar probe comprises a lander and a moon rover. The rover was named Yutu, "Jade Rabbit", via an online poll. In ancient folklore, Chang'e was a moon goddess who swallowed immortality pills and then flew from the earth to the moon. Yutu was a pet rabbit that kept the goddess company in her cold, lonely lunar palace.
Chang'e-3, China's first planned soft moon landing, finished the first orbital trimming at 3:50 pm in its trajectory along the earth-moon transfer orbit, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) said.
China launched its first moon rover aboard the Chang'e-3 lunar probe Monday, bringing Chinese dreams of reaching the moon tantalizingly close.
Research vessel Dayang Yihao (Ocean No 1) is on China's 30th oceanic exploration mission.
China launches probe and rover to moon
China's Chang'e-3 lunar probe with its first moon rover "Yutu" (Jade Rabbit) aboard blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center early Monday.
A high-speed railway connecting Tianjin municipality and a port city in Hebei province started trial operations on Sunday.
China will launch the Chang'e 3 lunar probe at 1:30 am on Monday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China's Sichuan province.
China will launch the Chang'e-3 lunar probe at 1:30 am Monday in Xichang Satellite Launch Center, the mission's launching headquarters said Saturday.