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World Briefing / China

Lunar probe goes out with a bang

March 02, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A lunar probe has ended its 16-month life with a planned crash into the moon, the official New China News Agency said.

Named for a moon goddess, the Chang'e 1 rammed into the lunar surface after orbiting the moon thousands of times to map its surface.

Sending the probe was the first step in China's plan to land a vehicle on the moon in 2012.

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