China is moving forward with their robotic spaceship landing on the moon

January 13, 2015 7:59 AM

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China had moved forward with their plan to land a robotic spaceship on the moon. This is a big leap forward for the Chinese space agency as last month they sent a prototype capsule to the moon which will be able to return to Earth. The Chinese State media has confirmed that, their service module had arrived in the orbit around the moon. The state media said, “The spacecraft is currently flying in an eight-hour orbit that carries it within 125 miles (200 kilometers) of the lunar surface at its closest point, and out to a range of 3,293 miles (5,300 km) at its highest point”.

The Chief Engineer Zhou Jianlian for the Beijing Aerospace Control Center said, “The module will make its second and third braking in the early hours of today (Jan. 12) and tomorrow, Beijing time. Doing so will enable the module to enter a 127-minute orbit around the moon”. Earlier it had been repor...

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